Last Chance Dance


(CONTENT WARNING: Gooey Romance) Madoka throws an Ice Skating Dance party in anticipation of the upcoming Walpurgisnacht. Despite the vast number of various Magical Heroes that show up to attend they all manage to keep from trying to stab or shoot each other. After the party Homura confesses her true feelings to Madoka and Hitomi(not present) turns out to have been very, very wrong.

Date: 2016-01-25
Pose Count: 288
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-25 23:01:16 24698
    The King Penguin Park is in full winter wonderland mode, an inch of snow on the ground turning everything a clean white and providing suitable material for snowmen and snowball fights without making it difficult to move about. There are clouds overhead threatening another light dusting of snow but for now none falls, the air clear, cold, and crisp. Under a row of trees on the far side of the large pond several folding tables have been set up. One of the trees has a black banner tied across it with 'Last Chance Dance' written across it in large pink lettering.

    One table has a simple laptop in front of it, with a cable running to a large(rented) soundsystem, which is currently playing classical music. It's just one piece in a long Youtube playlist, and the laptop itself is intentionally left insecure in case people have 'requests'.

    A center table has an arrangement of snack sandwiches, crackers and cheese, as well as a good number of relatively healthy sugary and salty snacks, courtesy of Tomohisa Kaname. They're surprisingly good. Right next to the healthy snacks on a third table is a very large insulated hot drink dispenser labeled 'Hot Chocolate' with a stack of styrofoam cups next to it. This is indeed the 'best hot chocolate in the world' that Madoka's father makes and anyone whose spent significant time with her in the winter must have heard about by now, lovingly hand crafted with real chocolate and a variety of small spicy touches.

    Also present on the table are two identical punch bowls currently filled with the same red punch mix. The one in the center of the table has a sign hanging above it from a tree branch that says 'Leave This Alone' with an arrow pointing down at it. The punch bowl on the outside of the table has a sign hanging from it's own branch hanging above it which has the words 'If You Must' at the top and a picture of a golden railroad spike printed below it acting as a pointer. (http://i.imgur.com/ZyQekIu.png)

    Madoka is hurriedly finishing up, which for the moment means slowly skating across the pond with a shop broom pushing snow off the ice. She's wearing a magenta jumper dress that has a red bow tied in front with a warm white sweater underneath, and beneath her ice skates she's wearing a pair of dark stockings that come up just past her knees. Her hair is up in it's usual ribboned twintails. She seems to be just about done, trying to clear the last dustings of snow off of the ice for nice smooth skating and dancing now that the large pond is uncovered.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-25 23:13:27 24699
    Kyouko is here. It'd be a lie to say she's not the party type- it's the sort of lie she might tell, but she's been to every one of these damn things so it hardly seems like the type of lie anyone would believe. She's not sure about the whole 'Last Chance Dance' thing. Seems a bit fatalistic to her. As far as she's concerned, they'll come through just fine. Always have so far.

    But she did have some people she needed to talk to, and she was hoping they'd be here. So she comes walking along the edge of the lake. She's wearing a rather fancy red-and-black coat that must be new, or at least she's never appeared in magical company wearing it before. It buttons across her chest before flaring out around her knees, and has a hood she currently has resting on her back, leaving her massive red ponytail free to waggle behind her as she walks. It's impossible to see what she has on under the coat other than some sort of black pants and boots which poke out the bottom.

    She has her hands in her pockets, and is a rather subdued presence, at least for Kyouko, as she approaches the tables, her eyes tracing Madoka for a moment as the pink-haired girl skates across the pond. If she makes eye contact she'll offer a slight lopsided smile.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-25 23:15:54 24700
    Homura Akemi is here helping Madoka where she can, which means that she was here early. She is, perhaps unsurprisingly, not in henshin, but it's not as if Homura keeps her henshin in any way a secret. She's wearing a dark purple cloat with a white collar, over a white-and-grey patterned dress with a black collar. Black stockings cover her legs, and she wears purple ice skates with white toes.

    She's looking over the snacks, checking the laptop to make sure it'll work okay, basically double-checking a bunch of things that Madoka has probably already looked at because a second pair of eyes never really hurts.

    She looks at the punch bowls, smirks at the sign, and decides that she had that honor last time. Someone else can spike it if they want. Well, at least Madoka knows her audience.

    Homura trudges towards Madoka through the thin layer of snow, leaning in from behind and saying, "Thanks for hosting all of this, Madoka-chan. I hope it turns out okay... but even if it doesn't, I'm right here."

    Kyouko gets a sideways glance, but not much more than that. Casual chitchat has never been a thing the two of them did very well.
Tsubasa Kazanari 2016-01-25 23:19:25 24701
Unaware of any events happening, Tsubasa Kazanari had been dealing with a small pack of weak Noise nearby. It's the last one that gets her to the party, jumping down from one of the museums with a strange blue amoeba caught on the business end of a katana. When she hits the ground, it falls apart into black dust.

As she looks up, she notices a certain degree of populatedness that she had not expected. In particular, she notices one Homura Akemi she'd been meaning to catch up with regardless. "Akemi-san." She greets, still humming her normal song when she isn't talking to give nominal power to maintain her Gear.

"Who are these people?" She asks, completely glossing over the fact that she's never bothered introducing herself to Homura.
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-25 23:20:59 24702
Prism Keeper Orange has heard there was a dance. She arrives via pretty fairy-like butterfly wings and lands gracefully down onto the ground. She is dressed in what appears to be something a little more elaborate than her normal Prism Keeper attire. It's fancy and pretty and princess like, complete with a tiara.

She is mostly looking around a little. A little to the right. A little to the left. No one she knows-- well... oh! It's... the magical gun girl! .. Akemi..? Was that the name. She taps her chin.

Madoka is someone Prism Keeper Orange knows as someone that jerk tries to kidnap. She glances over and--

Tsubasa is here!? Hibiki did say that Tsubasa. Is that true? Ugh. She's not about to go over there and turn into an akward, mumbling mess again to find out. Especially since she's doing her best to look--- elegant! and pretty! And not--- sulky.

She looks over to the iced over pond... and hrmmmmms.

Right now, her Chroma Wand seems to be in magical hammerspace.
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-25 23:21:43 24703
Rune had been wandering the city (in a red and white wool coat, well made though the craftsmanship does seem a few hundred years out of fashion here) to scout things out for the upcoming encounter with Walpurgisnacht... but coming across an oddly titled party set up in the park gives her pause. "Last chance...?" What could that mean? Most people in Tokyo don't even know about monsters, so it 'must' mean something else instead of the looming threat?

Perhaps not. It takes her a second to recognize Madoka under the winter attire, but eventually Rune figures it out and she moves over to the pond-side to ask in confusion: "What... are you doing, anyway? Did you need a hand with it?" Noticing Kyouko off by the tables draws a raised eye, but Rune doesn't immediately contact her.

Homura on the other hand gets a wave toward Runealy, trying to invite Homura over to her. Though a quick "not urgent" is added since Homura seems to be talking to Madoka too at the moment; it can wait.
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-25 23:28:56 24704
Haru might have not actually gotten an invitation. Mainly because so few people knew about his magical alter ego. But it's hard not to notice when one comes across a party being set up for. Particularly when people start arriving for it. Haru is in the guise of his alter ego at the moment. Patroling, dealing with monsters-- who knows? Regardless, he's actually in the air over the party for a moment. Until he swoops down to land. He's holding the tulip-shaped trident/staff with the teardrop-shaped emerald in the center.

Mind, he doesn't just swoop into the party center stage and draw attention to himself. No, he lowers himself to ground level before arriving at the park, and then glides into the party a few inches above the ground. Floating leaves no footprints, after all.

He finds himself near Prism Keeper Orange, who he remembers from the concert. He's not making any noise, so she might or might not be startled when he nears her and greets her in his low voice.

"...Hello."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-25 23:34:21 24705
Sailor Moon is excited about the skating party. Not because she likes to skate (she's horrible at it) but because she's hoping it will take her Mind off Things.

Unfortunately, on the way there with Kyouko, she gets a call from her mother. Errands. Responsibility. Blah blah blah.

So, with much regret, she gives Kyouko a quick hug and say she'll meet her there.

Ug, Mama, this is not conducive to taking her Mind off Things!
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-25 23:36:04 24706
Prism Keeper Orange is a completely elegant and pretty orange princess, composed, straight faced and walking toward's Madoka and crew when she stops dead in her tracks a look that can only be described as 'nrg!' takes over her face as there's a 'hello' from the back and right. She's positive that, there was no one behind her a moment...

...and she didn't hear the snow crunch. She turnnnns around to the right and takes a deeeeep relaxing breath. Okay. She ohs! She knows this person!

"Oh--um! You're from. The other day... yesterday um..."

"Hunter...? Was it?" she asks with a wide, and polite smile.

"That was it.. right?" she asks.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-25 23:37:33 24707
    Homura turns away from Madoka to look at Tsubasa. "Oh, hello." Homura tries to greet Tsubasa by name but... realizes that she doesn't have a name for her. Oops. Well, moving past that. "This is an ice-skating party. This is a chance for us to relax before the big fight with Walpurgisnacht in 5 days. Since it's specifically about Walpurgisnacht, don't be surprised to find magical people here."

    Homura glances towards the spot where the Noise used to be. "If you aren't busy, you're welcome to come. I'm sure Madoka-chan here wouldn't mind. It was her idea after all" Homura places a hand on Madoka's shoulder. There might be a small amount of pride leaking through her voice.

    Runealy gets a wave when Homura notices her, and then Homura tilts her head as Runealy seems to want to invite her over. What could it be about? "What's up, Runealy-san?"
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-25 23:41:51 24708
Guardian Hino bill, school notice of transfer, bill, invite!?

Hinote knows just who to take, yes, to a fancy henshin dance and ice skating party. Shinobu got called sometimes the day he got the invite. The time is now!

He has henshined up, gotten fancily dressed and is politely escorting Shinbou to the dance because you arrive together to these things or so ettiquite demands.

"This kind of thing doesn't happen often. I mean. Dances happen all the time. I've never been to a /magic/ one!" he grins at Shinobu as he looks around. Hrm. Oh, Madoka-chan. Akemi-san, Princess!

"Oh! Shinobu... come with me a moment before we get into things here.." he says walking toward's Runealy.

"Someone I need to introduce you to I think." he says. "If she isn't too caught up." he smiles.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-25 23:42:37 24709
    Madoka skates back over to the edge of the pond and starts knocking down the small pile of snow on the ice's edge that built up as she pushed the nearby snow to it, removing a possible small obstacle to any small fears people might have about skating around on the ice. With that done she considers the party preparations complete, walking carefully over to one of the trees and leaning the broom handle up against it. Homura leans towards her and thanks her, and she turns around and gives her friend a quick hug, "I'm happy to! I've learned a lot about hosting parties, recently. Thanks for coming by and helping me set thing up!" She gives a slightly sheepish smile, "If things go wrong I'll be counting on you, Homura-chan." It's half teasing, half serious.

    As Kyouko walks up she lifts her hand and waves happily, "Hi, Kyouko-san! I'm glad you can make it." She makes a small motion towards the food, "Go ahead and have some! The hot chocolate is amazing, especially if you get cold. ...though you might not in that coat. It looks good on you, I like it!"

    Magical heroes start to arrive and Madoka claps her hands a little. It's maybe a bit surprising that one of them is in the middle of destroying a youma of some kind, and Madoka has never seen her before. That isn't entirely unexpected though. "Hi! I'm Madoka Kaname! We're having an ice skating dance party. If you're a friend of Homura-chan's you're welcome to join," she offers with a bright smile. "You can call me Madoka if you like."

    Prism Princess(?!) Orange flies in and Madoka smiles again, "Hi, welcome! I've never gotten the chance to thank you properly, have I? Thanks for coming! I hope you enjoy the party!" She gives a quick bow to the very orange fairy winged girl.

    When Runealy wanders over she smiles, "I'm throwing a dance party so people can have a chance to relax! ...a very big and dangerous witch is coming that is strong enough to threaten the entire city." The smile does turn a bit bittersweet at the explanation. Her head nods, "Yes! Just have fun, if you want to help!" Then after a moment she notes, "Oh! Um, there /might/ be some people coming who aren't entirely 'good'. Actually some of them are very bad, but no fighting allowed! She says this last part loud enough so that all the newcomers can hear."

    Hunter isn't recognized but is given a quick wave, but Madoka otherwise doesn't bother him since he's going to talk with the orange fairy-wing girl.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-25 23:45:14 24710
    Kyouko gives Homura a wary glance, but there's a few tables between them, and she doesn't seem inclined to start trouble- well, yet anyway. Her attention is quickly diverted by Madoka coming up and greeting her. "Thanks kid, I will." She says, before Madoka compliments the coat, which gets a genuine smile out of her, albeit a lopsided and single-fanged one.

    "Hey, thanks. I really like it- Usagi gave it to me actually. She should be along at some point.. we were together but she had to go and do some errands or somethin'." She wanders over towards the Hot Chocolate thing and pours herself a cup as Madoka walks away again, sipping it, and by her expression it's as good as advertised. She glances around at the other new arrivals, but while she recognizes some of them, none draw her over to speak at the moment.
Greta Legend 2016-01-25 23:47:25 24711
    "<ENERGY SIGNITURE LOST.>"

    This gets a blinks from Greta Legend, who skids to a halt from her sprint through Penguin Park, holding onto the jewel in her hand and glaring at it, "Wha-Lost? What do you mean 'lost'? You picked up on the energy of an enemy, and we just got here, so how can it be -lost-?!" The blonde huffs as she catches her breath, "You don't just lose that kind of signal, Tri Soul, what gives?"

    The second voice from Tri Soul fizzes in, saying in a semi non-chalant tone, "<HEY, NOT OUR FAULT. SOMEONE ELSE GOT TO IT, MAYBE.>" And the third speaking up, <CHILL OUT.>"

    Greta groans and shakes her head, "This is dumb! Sometimes I wonder why I bother..." She grumbles, "Someone else... If there were others like me, I should have run into them by now..." She finally turns and huffs, walking in the direction of the Ice Skating area as she grumbles. "Okay, there was that ONE time, but it hasn't happened since... I mean, nobody has tried to contact me.."

    To which Tri Soul brusquely responds, "GIRL, YOU HIDE ON PURPOSE."

    "I do NOT hide! I just like to keep private!" She huffs, and grumbles more, "Besides, I bet they're like me and going Clark Kent. Nobody's going to just waltz around in their magical form--"

    She then turns and finds herself facing the Last Chance Dance, and blinks... "Wha..?" "YOU WERE SAYING?>"
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-25 23:47:32 24712
"Wheeee," Anshi's voice can be heard as she leaps from a distant building and comes barelling towards the pond from on high. Strength-empowered leaps allow the girl to cross massive distances in a single bound. The skirt of her apricot-and-blue henshin flaps around the girl as she plummets towards the earth, then lands in the center of the ice.

Well, for certain values of 'land'. The apricot Puella begins to skid and slide immediately, pinwheeling her arms. She falls on her butt and keeps right on skidding until she hits the far end of the pand, then sits ass-over-teakettle for several moments while the tiny ball-and-chain attached to her neck just swings back and forth like a pendulum.

"Hee. That was fun," she says after a moment. "Madochiiiii," she calls. "Where do I get ice skates?" She has green canvas sneakers on over her over-the-knee stockings. They do nothing to compliment the apricot skirt and bows, nor the blue bodice, black shorts, and black theatre gloves.
Tsubasa Kazanari 2016-01-25 23:47:38 24713
Tsubasa definitely notices Prism Keeper Orange and Hunter, but makes no effort to approach. She stays near Homura, "Ah, right." Terse acknowledgement, but an acknolwledgment regardless. Considering that people introduce themselves, she reluctantly offers some kind of introduction of her own. "I am Ame no Habakiri's wielder." It's neither name nor title, but it's /something./

She steps back and tries to avoid drawing too much as she watches people, opening up a phone and ringing a number. "There's a party for magical girls to prepare for Walpurgisnacht. I'm sticking around, for now." The phone is closed after, and put back away..
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-25 23:48:36 24714
Hunter gives an affirmative sound, nodding once. "Prism Keeper?" he confirms. He can tell 'Orange', because... well, she's wearing so much orange it looks like someone soaked her in orange juice overnight! It does look cute, so there's that.

He pauses to land properly, finally making footprints in the snow as he does. For those who have not seen him before, Hunter is hooded and cloaked, the Barrier Jacket hiding most of his face. Most of it green, but the underside of his cloak is black.

Madoka waves, and hunter offers her a nod of greeting in return. that's all right that she doesn't know him. He doesn't really know her either.
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-25 23:51:06 24715
Shinobu is starting to feel a little better. Vespa does know a thing or two about sewing! She is dressed in her usual attire which does look nice even if it's better set for battle then for a dress. There is a smile on the Viridian girl's face and it seems she is more then thrilled to be on Hinote's arm.

Her gaze moves around the area, taking in the who's who of the magic community. "I've never been to anything like this. Its almost like a dream!" Then she blushes and realizes that people are ice skating. Its really cool to watch but, there is a small problem. She leans towards Hino and whispers, "I umm... don't know how to ice skate!"

As the two move, she follows along with Hinote. She is quite content letting him lead for the time being. After all, this isn't a labyrinth or some other battle zone. Its just a dance and right now she can just be normal... whatever that is.
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-25 23:52:11 24716
When Homura acknowledges her, Rune calls over: "Didn't know it was your birthday the other day! Sent you a little something, should be there when you get back."

Madoka's explanation nets the princess tilting her head down in thought. "I've heard. We'll be there to face it. 'The entire city' to you is almost as big as the 'world' I know, so the idea something can wipe all of that out is just... wow." She's stunned to even try to envision what that would look like. "As for not fighting, that depends on who's here. Some of them probably won't leave me alone. If they won't, I'll leave."

Then she notices Hino in her peripheral vision, and the princess looks over to him. "So you're here too? Nice! Ah... who's your friend?" A nod to Shinobu, whose attire is distinct enough that Rune silently wonders if it's magical in nature or not.
Vespa Rayne 2016-01-25 23:55:25 24717
Isn't one to miss a party this one was bound to be intersting and pretty unquie! She strolls in carrying her huge axe on her shoulder in one hand a pair of ice skates in the other. She looks around to see if anyone she knows is here. She spots Shinobu glad to see she up and about and give a freindly wave to her. "Hey!" She see a few other face making a note to herself to talk to homura at some point in the evening. But for now she walks over to a bench swining her her axe down into the snow,and she start to put on her skates.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 00:01:02 24718
    Homura hugs Madoka in return, because of course she does, pulling away after a moment. "I'm always happy to help you, Madoka-chan. I think you've done really well. Your father really is the best cook, you know."

    Homura's attention turns to Tsubasa. "Ame no Habakiri's wielder? Should I call you Habakiri-san, then?" asks Homura. It's a little strange to refer to someone by the name of their weapon, but it's the closest thing she's been given to a name. It'll have to do.

    Runealy's statement gets a nervous chuckle in response. "I actually didn't know either... but thanks! I'll look forward to it!"

    Kyouko gets mostly ignored. Pointedly so, in fact.
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 00:01:40 24719
Guardian Hino smiles to Shinobu as he looks up at Runealy. "Rune, this is Shinobu, Shinobu, this is Runealy Waldia. She's a very good friend of mine, and the Princess of the world I've adopted as my home I've talked about." he smiles. "Rune, this is the Puella Magi I mentioned, the one who I spoke about to you briefly last week, was it?" he asks.

He smiles. "I wanted to introduce you to her!" he says. He nods to Shinobu, meaning that at both the girls, it seems.

"Are you enjoying the party so far? It seems mostly uneventful. Seems everyone's behaving, right?" he asks.

He glances to the punch bowls. And the signs. "....huh."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 00:02:47 24720
Ug. Things done, errands complete (for now) and now it's her free time!

And of course, because she's late, she hops in the rink.

Normally, hopping somewhere isn't a bad idea. But, you know, rink. Ice.

She tries to stand, and even on her boots she mostly slips around.

"I got this! I'm fine! I -- oof -- OW I'm okay!"
Tsubasa Kazanari 2016-01-26 00:06:17 24721
"Works." Tsubasa answers Homura's choice of referring to her, and that's when she notices Shinobu and walks over towards that particular magical girl at a brisk pace, a hand on the hilt of her katana. "Kimura-san." Her voice sounds stern and harsh, apparently there's something to be said here.

"If you're looking to die, I can take care of that right now." Same tone, with a hint of 'but I doubt that's what you want.' That hand doesn't move off the hilt, "If you're not, then please explain your thought process last night." The way she says that, it's looking doubtful that this explaining will be easy.
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 00:08:44 24722
Prism Keeper Orange grins to Hunter with a short smile. She watches him land and smiles. She beams! "Prism Keeper Orange! There's more than one Prism Keeper! So-- you can just call me 'Orange'!" she says. No Reiko. Reiko doesn't exist right now and not many people know that.

She head tilts and tries to peek past the cloak. "Why are.. you wearing the cloak to a party like that? Don't you want to put the hood down?" she asks, as if trying to see his features better.

"Or.. is that just part of your identity?"

She looks to Madoka and beams! "I'm glad you're okay! Um....Pink-chan!" she beams!
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 00:14:02 24724
    "Usagi?" Madoka asks, the name not immediately ringing a bell. Then suddenly, "Oh, right, 'Girlfriend-chan'!" She gives Kyouko a suddenly very sweet smile, "It's very kind of you to look after her, Kyouko-san. It must be very hard for her with Mamoru-kun gone. ...does she know he's still alive, and what's happened to him?" No one has ever clued Madoka in to the fact that Usagi is Sailor Moon, though she's only met her once in either form.

    Anshi comes tumbling in from the sky and for a moment she looks panicked as the Puella smashes into the ice at high speed. Luckily for everyone around it's been cold enough for the pond ice to actually survive the impact! She moves over to the side of the pond, "Anshi-chan, I'm glad you could make it!" She leans forward and holds her hand out, offering to help Anshi up. She probably doesn't need it, no, but it never hurts to ask! "There are a few pairs over by the speakers. Hopefully one of them will fit you. Um, sorry if none of them do." There are, in fact, four pairs of simple white ice skates by the table where the laptop plays music in various sizes.

    Madoka smiles happily to Runealy when she says she'll be there to fight Walpurgis, "I'm glad to hear it! From what Homura-chan and Mami-san have told us they're going to need as much help as they can get." She nods somberly to Runealy's assessment of how frightening the thought of such a powerful monster is, "You're all very brave to be willing to fight something like that. I'm very proud of you all, and I'll help in any way I can." Which is, honestly, not very much.

    She smiles to Homura and nods happily, "His cooking is amazing. I'm very lucky that I get to eat it every day." Multiple times, even! She then giggles and hops a little in place, leaning in to Homura and waving her hand around to all the magical heroes, "Look how many people showed up! I can't believe it's turning out so well." She's all excited and happy!

    She smiles happily to Prism Keeper Orange, "You can call me Madoka if you like, Orange-chan!"

    And then Tsubasa gets a bit dangerous and the pink haired girl's expression shifts. Her eyebrows lower and her mouth becomes a thin line. She marches right up to the magical girl and points her finger up towards her face, "Hey! There's one rule for this party. No! Fighting! That means you too!" Her hands go on her hips and she gives a slight huff.
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 00:15:47 24725
Anshi does, in fact, need plenty of help up. She gets to her feet, and those sneakers slip and slide a bit on the ice, then she grins at Madoka. "Hee," she says happily. "Great. I'm sure one of them will fit," she says, then gives Madoka a brief hug. "You look adorable in that dress," she notes, then tries to walk towards the skates. She slips as much as she slides, but eventually she manages to near the loaners and start looking for a pair that will mostly fit.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 00:15:47 24726
    Kyouko nods her head as Madoka remembers who Usagi is. "Yeah, that's right." She hesitates as Madoka displays her ignorance of Sailor Moon's identity, and just says, "She's.. aware of things, yeah. She's doing okay."

    Watching Madoka then take off to talk to others, Kyouko just stands off to the side by the tables, with her hands wrapped around the steaming mug of hot chocolate, wearing the coat Usagi gave her. She seems content for the moment not to be the center of attention, which may seem out of character for Kyouko, but in truth she's hada few things to think about the past few days and is in rather a pensive mood.

    She sips the hot chocolate (it really is yummy!) as her eyes roam the people milling about- many faces she recognizes, but none she would really call a 'friend'. Even Madoka, with whom she is on good terms, is more an acquaintance through Sayaka. She does spy Usagi finally arriving though, and can't help a small smile touching her face again- that's someone she can call friend, at least, though she makes no effort to move from her place just yet as Usagi leaps unwisely onto the ice.

    Homura is counter-ignored.
Makoto Kino 2016-01-26 00:16:40 24727
At least Sailor Moon is not the latest of her team to arrive. In point of fact, she's the earliest - Sailor Jupiter and Sailor Mercury are running even later.

It's Makoto's fault, of course.

"...look on the bright side," she's saying hopefully to her fellow senshi in blue as she laces on a pair of skates. "Since it was a Dark Kingdom plot, at least you didn't miss anything interesting test-wise?"

A moment later, as her eyes skim the party, Jupiter catches sight of Sailor Moon. She starts to lift a hand to wave - only to wince sympathetically when Usagi takes the ice. "Uh-oh..." she murmurs.
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 00:17:19 24729
    Greta just blinks. She can't help it right now, she's just standing there blinking. Magical Girls. Magical Girls Everywhere... OKay, not everywhere, but enough of them that it's kind of an obvious group, and it's not like they're hiding out, or fighting a monster, they're just... Having fun, skating on ice, and DRINKING PUNCH!

    There's that part of her that wants to just hop on in, join the fun and not have a care in the world... That's quickly overridden by the pragmatism that's saying 'WHY ARE YOU IN THE OPEN?!'

    After a few moments more, she shakes her head and commands, "-Tri Soul-. Transform." "~ALRIGHT, LITTLE LADY~" "Stop calling me that!"

    There's a brief TRANSFORMATION SEQUENCE, before the blonde english girl in her Barrier Jacket grumbles and calls out, "-Greta Skates-!" A bit of magic later, and she hops over into the ice rink, with skates on, skating on towards, the cluster of magical people, and calls out to them, "HEY, HEY! What's going on?! Are you guys just SKATING? REALLY?!" She has NO IDEA who these people are, although there's a pause when she notes the presence of a certain KNIGHT IN ARMOUR in the form of Guardian Hino.

    Some people might think that this girl really needs to calm down and chill out.
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 00:18:32 24730
Hunter nods once more, to the mention of the name. "Orange-chan, then?" he asks, with a smirk. He can't help but tease her a little. Though she'll find that there's not a lot that hood will let be seen. "It's part of the identity," he confirms. "Can't have those nasty monsters and evil people seeing who I am, can I?" Again, a bit of a tease.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 00:18:34 24731
Stumble. Slide. Slip. Almost splits (owie).

Finally, Sailor Moon stands firmly on the ice, posture straight and nose tilted in the air.

"I will not stand this injustice any longer! Beings came from other systems to watch me skate!"

And then, spinning on the ice, she transforms from Sailor Moon to Princess Serenity.

And she is, of course, a much better skater.
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 00:19:34 24732
"A pleasure to meet you Princess Runealy."Shinobu gives a smile and then a polite bow. A small wince crosses her face as she does this. Quickly she stands again. "Forgive me. Someone decided they want to see what my ribs look like a few days ago and I am still recovering from that."

Right on cue, Tsubasa comes over with a threat. The viridian girl's eyes narrow sharply. "There is a time and place for everything. This is neither. It is due to my respect for the others here that I am not going to act on my impulses. I do not appreciate your attitude. " Shinobu crosses her arms under her chest. She does not have a weapon summoned. She was hoping she wouldn't need one.

"And if you want to know what I was thinking? I can give you a few thousand reasons why I got into that fight. They all were screaming in fear and at a risk of being killed. That is why I got involved. I would do it again too."

Finally she makes one last point, "You don't know me so, allow me to make this clear as crystal for you. If you ever threaten my life again, I will give you a reason to use that sword." She frowns and shakes her head before returning to the conversation with Runealy and Hinote.

"The Life of a Puella Magi. We just piss everyone off at some point."
Ami Mizuno 2016-01-26 00:19:45 24733
Sailor Mercury smirks at Jupiter's explanation. "Sailor Moon told me they didn't invite me because they were worried I'd see right through it. I'm still irritated that they left me out, but at least I can accept that I was too brilliant for their plan to succeed if they'd let me take it." She reaches up to run her fingers through her short blue hair, then hops up onto a pair of ice skates and pushes only a short distance out onto the ice.

Ami expertly pirouettes back to face Jupiter, then holds out a hand for her friend, only to blink in surprise when Jupiter starts to wave and then wince. "Uh oh?" asks Ami as she turns to look over her shoulder, just in time to see Sailor Moon ... start to glow. "Oh geeze," she says, then laughs. "She's so adorable sometimes."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 00:20:46 24734
Mami is late! Mami may, or may not, have spent an inordinate amount of time picking out her outfit. And then she might have realized that she didn't own any ice skates. She could /rent/ ice skates, but then they wouldn't be as cute!

This is why Mami is late. Because Mami went to find a skate store, buy ice skates, and then decorate them in little yellow flowers. Beyond that, she's wearing dark hose, a black skirt with blue and pink trim, a yellow sweater, and a cute frilly pink vest over the top of that. And she's skating along, slowly but gracefully. She's not a natural at skating - but she's a natural at balance and poise, and ice skating requires both.

She keeps her hands clasped behind her as she skates, only to stop near Anshi. "Hayakawa-san, it's good to see you."
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-26 00:23:55 24735
Arriving fashionably late for the do is the modest Miss Blue, who arrives in what seems to be a variation on her usual blue business suit - a blue tuxedo, of all things. Tailcoat, slacks, ruffled shirt, bolo tie, fedora, shoulder-kitten, the complete ensemble. She's even managed a walking stick, with a twisting silver top.

She looks about the party, considering for a moment, and pauses to acquire a mug of hot chocolate. She wraps a hand around the mug, takes a sip, and grins merrily. "Delicious, as expected." And then she takes a moment or three to have a look around before stepping out onto the ice, noting any faces she might recognize.

The kitten nuzzles at her ear, and she stops at the edge of the ice, lifting the mug to let it have a sip of the chocolate before taking another one herself. Then she taps her boots with her walking stick, steps out onto the ice, and... is skating. Maybe that's what took her so long, figuring out how to add skates to her Barrier Jacket.

She skates on over towards Madoka, to greet the hostess properly. "Ahhh, a fine day it is for a gathering, hmm? Looks like everyone's having fun, I see." The kitten lifts a paw to wave hello to Madoka.
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 00:24:13 24736
"Great!" Rune is visibly pleased by Homura's reaction, then turns her attention to Hino and Shinobu... and suddenly things make more sense. "Wait, you're...?" A quick nod to Hino follows, "I think it's going okay. Just got here myself though. All this ice, and people going around it and I have no idea what they're doing? Seems nice though."

Then she regards Shinobu, speaking politely: "'Rune' is fine if you prefer. Nice to meet you, Shinobu. I've heard a little about you, so you're definitely with friends right now."

Then... many blinks as she sees Sailor Moon change into a very distinct form. Rune is near-silently impressed, unable to say much as she watches...

...until things turn ugly. Rune backs up a few steps to get some distance from Tsubasa, tense. "There's not going to be anyone dying here. She doesn't want that," a glance over to Madoka to indicate her interests.

Then Rune's gaze returns to Tsubasa, "And I won't let you talk so casually about that, either. Leave if you're going to be that way."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 00:26:01 24737
    Kyouko, idly watching the pond and the people skating on it, smirks to herself slightly as Sailor Moon changes into Serenity right there in the middle of the ice. Well, if the girl had ever been concerned about her secret identity, those days have surely passed. She leans back against the tree she's standing near, taking another sip of her hot chocolate.

    Then she notices Mami arriving, skating all elegant and crap. Stiffening her lip slightly, she pushes off of the tree and makes her way down towards the edge of the pond. She's not wearing skates, just boots (as well as the pretty red coat Usagi gave her!) and she stops short of the ice. "Mami." She calls out, not shouting but loud enough to hopefully gain the yellow-haired Puella's attention.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 00:26:18 24738
    Homura gets the warm fuzzies seeing Madoka hop around and being happy. This is, truly, what she's fighting for, isn't it? Moments like this are what make it all worth it.

    When Madoka starts heading towards Tsubasa, Homura sweatdrops and starts following after her. She stands behind Madoka and off to the side, close enough to be able to act immediately if something happens. Homura's glance towards Tsubasa and Shinobu is neither apologetic or aggressive, and is instead just a blank stare.

    Yet it's clear through proximity and relative position that Homura intends to act in Madoka's stead if necessary.

    Homura glances towards Mami as she appears to help Anshi. Well, they're just one Sayaka short of having a full Puella team. Serenity's transformation is also noticed but she can't really comment on it right now.

    "Let's all try to relax here. This is a social event. There's no reason to fight here."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 00:26:43 24739
Anshi is busy hastily lacing up a pair of borrowed skates when Mami elegantly and gracefully skates to a stop nearby. The apricot puella looks up with wide eyes, then bounds forward to try and hug Mami. "Tomoe Senp-ahhk!" she winds up slipping and falling on her chest this time, one skate on and the other tall stocking now getting wet. "Ahehhh. Sorry. I'm not very good at this ice skating thing. But your skates are adorable!"
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 00:27:20 24740
Prism Keeper Orange pouts a little. Indeed, that hood has some magic going on, and she crosses her arms. "I get that I suppose." she relents, the girl softly placing her arms at her side with a smile.

"Do you know how to ice skate?" she asks curiouslty.

"I'm thinking about getting on the ice. No one else has yet--and---"

"There's music, right!?" she beams!

Oh then there goes Sailor Moon and---woah! Pretty! That's a pretty form!

Her eyes go wide and sparkly a bit.

She shakes it off.

"Well! We can still get out there!" she beams.
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 00:27:22 24741
Guardian Hino oh, there's Hino, now steping to the front and to the right a bit. Not quite directly in front of Shinbou, but enough to intercept Tsubasa if she makes good on threats. "I don't know who you are- but- we all make mistakes." he says softly.

He looks back behind to Shinobu and smiles and shrugs a bit as he says. "Do you know this person, Shinobu-chan?" he asks curiously.

"Someone you upset? How...?"
Makoto Kino 2016-01-26 00:29:12 24742
'Adorable' is perhaps not the first term that leaps to Sailor Jupiter's mind, judging by the way her expression turns from rueful fondness to outright dismay as she watches Sailor Moon's transformation. She opens her mouth, then closes it again.

Then, looking toward Mercury again, she smiles wryly. "...I didn't realize she'd could do that whenever she wanted," Jupiter admits. "She might have more of a handle on this past life stuff than I do." Letting out her breath in a sigh, she straightens and steps onto the ice, taking the hand that Ami extends to her and, just because she can, gliding a quick and easy loop around her. "I guess it's not like the whole princess thing was really a secret, huh?"
Vespa Rayne 2016-01-26 00:29:30 24743
Got her skates on. Whoo! She gets onto the ice a bit unsteady it been a while but it coming back to her it like ride a bike something you never forget, she skates over to Shinobu and company. "It be hard to clean up all the blood off the ice anyway.. Glad to see your up and about Shinobu! Those stiches holding?"
Tsubasa Kazanari 2016-01-26 00:29:32 24744
"You were reckless, the situation was under control and you were, and are, in no position to be fighting." Tsubasa insists, in the same harsh, stern tone. There's no anger to it, if anything, it's more frustration. "If you don't have a death wish, recover before getting into the next fight. If you die while trying to protect people you will get more of those very same screaming helpless people killed. This is no game."

Then she seems to relax, "I've said what I wanted to say. If you do not wish to die, I will not kill you." She turns towards Madoka and bows, "My apologies." She then turns her back to Shinobu, quite deliberately, as she starts to walk towards the 'do not disturb' punch bowl, ignoring the signs completely, and grabs some.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 00:30:45 24745
After a few graceful turns and spins and possibly a bit (read: a lot) of showing off, Serenity is enough of Usagi to be aware of her surroundings again as she catches sight of Kyouko. And it's Usagi who happily waves and then zooms toward where Kyouko is.

"Kyou-kun! Come skate with me!"

And she leans against the edge of the rink, sees Jupiter and Mercury, and waves at them, too!

"Apparently I made her very indignant because of my bruised butt!"

She floofs her skirt a bit to indicate just who 'her' is.
Ami Mizuno 2016-01-26 00:31:20 24746
Sailor Mercury lets Jupiter's loop pull her around in another spin, then grins and skates backwards onto the ice with her. "No, I'm pretty sure just about everyone in this group saw her transform when we thought Mamoru died." Mercury, at least, doesn't seem bothered by Moon's transformation into Serenity. "Besides, it looks like she's enjoying herself. See? She's smiling," she motions. "And that's really important right now."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 00:39:08 24747
Puella Magi Shinobu turns back to Tsubasa and leans forward. In a soft tone she speaks, "You think I don't know that! You see this?" She points to the gemstone hanging from her choker. "This is my soul. Note that it's not in my body. It was either this or death. I chose this life. I would not have gotten involved if I didn't believe I could handle it and its pretty clear by the fact that I am still here that I was right. If you want to find out more, talk to me when we aren't trying to have a nice of peace." She backs away and returns to Hino's side.

Softly Shino raises her hands. "Ladies and Gentlemen, forgive our slightly aggressive conversation. It was a minor dipute between friends and we are not going to persue this further. Please have a good evening." She smiles brightly and it becomes very clear how she got a scholarship to Infinity U.

Quitely she turns her attention back to Hinote. "I've fought beside her twice now. That was about me fighting while injured. Some guy named Riventon hit me with a black energy blast. I blocked most of it but, My side got hit. I'm stitched up now." SHe frowns and gives a soft sigh of relief. Then over to Runealy she smiles, "I'm what? you didn't finish what you were saying?"
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 00:40:28 24748
There is a bit of traffic moving near the pond - people moving through the park in the distance, far enough away to not pay attention to the teenagers out skating. One figure appears to be moving their way, though - a young man, in a heavy dark jacket and pants, carrying a pair of skates over one shoulder, a shock of brown hair, messy and spiked, going everywhere. Those with magical tendencies can seem to see a small figure, a little blue-haired figure in a tennis outfit, no more than fist sized, floating near his head. He seems to see someone on the pond he recognizes and waves, sitting down at the edge and changing into the pair of skates, before lunging forward out into the ice, perfectly balanced and moving quickly, out towards Mami and the others. He comes to a stop nearby and grins. "Hi! Sorry I'm a little late."
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 00:42:41 24749
"Don't worry. I'm mostly harmless," Hunter assures Prism Keeper Orange. "Still new to all this, and I'd rather figure it out before I go showing my face about, you know?" he explains. "Besides, you wouldn't tell me who you are, would you?" He's not asking, no.

Then Orange asks if he can skate. He pauses, tilting his head. "A bit. I've been on ice a few times." He does see Orange going sparkle-eyes, and looks at what it is that's made her act like that. And his own eyes, hidden by the hood, widen a bit.

The continuing of Orange's statement gets his attention. "Er... yes, we can. Though I'll have to procure some skates for myself."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 00:45:21 24750
    Madoka feels a bit more warm and fuzzy when people immediately begin to speak up for her and stand behind her as she moves to enforce her 'no fighting' policy that, realistically, she has no means of backing up. As soon as the much taller girl apologizes her stern expression melts away into a happy one. "I forgive you. Thank you for understanding."

    She turns around and smiles then to Homura, Hinote, and Runealy, "Thank you. I know things might get very tense here, so thank you very much for helping to diffuse that. Even just one little incident might cause everything else to go crazy."

    Mami arrives and Madoka sends her a big friendly wave, "Mami-san, I'm glad you could make it!" She considers saying more, but when Kyouko seems to wave her over she decides to leave it at just that so the two can talk. Considering how the meeting went she's secretly hoping the two can patch things up. Ok, maybe that's not such a secret.

    She waves to Miss Blue and smiles, "It's a wonderful day for it. The ice is nice and thick and it's not so cold that we're all going to freeze if we move around." Not that the cold is much threat to those people actually in henshin.

    There's a sudden flare of magic on the ice and Madoka looks over to see Princess Serenity glowing on the ice where Sailor Moon once stood. "Ohhhh!" She leans in to Homura, "Is that Tuxedo Kamen's Princess you were talking about? She's beautiful..."

    Then there's someone shouting and asking what's going on the ice and Madoka calls back in a friendly voice, "We're having a party to get one more chance to relax before something really dangerous is going to happen. You're free to join, if you want! I'm Madoka Kaname." A bright smile is offered to Greta.

    She hears Shinobu say something then and just about turns white. She carefully turns around and... actually glares at her, "That is -NOT- something you should be telling people openly, Shinobu-chan! Not in a place with so many people, where dangerous people might hear!" She walks up to the Puella and whispers into her ear with a shakey voice, "You just told everyone here how to kill most of my friends! Try to think about more than just yourself!"

    She turn away and takes a few steps, visibly shaken.
Makoto Kino 2016-01-26 00:48:23 24751
In contrast to Mercury's easy acceptance, Sailor Jupiter is honestly a little bit creeped out, and for a moment her smile looks slightly strained. The Usaginess of Usagi's greeting eases it a little, though. The blonde girl does seem happy.

"You're right," she murmurs to Mercury. That is the most important thing - any misgivings that Makoto has are for her to work through herself, and with a shake of her head she does her best to push them back and smile at both of her friends. "Well," she calls back, "a bruised butt isn't much fun, is it?"

Testing her balance, Jupiter stretches her free arm out and lifts one skate, extending her leg long and straight behind her. "I forgot how much fun this is," she says, eyes sparkling.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 00:49:11 24752
Mami turns to Kukai and makes a noise of exasperation. "And I was looking to see if you'd made it here." she says, a hand on her hip, looking at him. "How did you manage to get here later than me?" she asks, but a smile is cracking her face. "Jeeze, shoulda used your rocket-skateboard or something." she adds, before Madoka gets her attention.

"It's a lovely little party you've got here, Kaname-san." Mami says back. "This was a wonderful idea."

Then Kyouko gets her attention, and Mami gives a wary look for a moment before remembering it'd be rude to blow her off, and so she nods a bit to Anshi and Kukai before she skates over towards her.

"Sakura-san." Mami says, as she slides up and comes to a stop. Her face is guarded and quizzical.
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 00:50:40 24753
Prism Keeper Orange shakes her head at Hunter. "I tell people I trust..." she blushes a bit. "or.. I need to explain to.. because... I have a --- 'tell' some magically inclinded people can see- even when I'm not transformed..." she says softly.

She smiles. She summons her chroma wand and taps her feet. Skates appear! She makes her wand go poof!

"Go get some skates--- I don't think I can make them for you..." she admits sheepishly suddenly.

She looks kinda put out by this. "S-sorry!"
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 00:51:45 24754
Anshi's eyes widen when a boy comes up behind Mami. She looks between Mami and the boy, and then the boyand his chara, then grins and waves to Kukai. "Hi!" she says, and introduces herself, "I'm Anshi Hayakawa, Tomoe-senpai's apprentice and partner. Are you her boyfriend?!" she asks excitedly. "Can you give me a hand up and help me get my other skate on? I have no idea how to do this ice skating thing and I'm pretty sure I'm going to kill myself if I try to get up right now." Here, she reaches up a hand towards Kukai hopefully.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-26 00:52:55 24755
Miss Blue's smile vanishes immediately when she hears Shinobu's outburst. She'd known Puellae had issues with their Soul Gems, but Miss White never had filled her in on quite the entire story. That... would explain a lot, actually. Horrifically so.

She follows Madoka over to the arguing pair, her hand reaching out to Shinobu's other shoulder. "I'd listen to her, Shinobu-chan. That kind of secret is not something to blurt out anywhere." She sighs, somewhat sadly. "Be glad the Dark Kingdom delegation probably isn't here. Who knows what they might do with that kind of vulnerability."

Then she presses her mug of cocoa into the girl's hands. "Think about it... later. For now, try to get out of the argument and have some fun!"

She turns to Tsubasa and adds, "I'm sure she's very sorry for whatever she did to upset you so, miss. Could you please let it go for now, as a favor to me?"
Ami Mizuno 2016-01-26 00:53:26 24756
Merury reaches up to grab Jupiter's outstretched hand, then pulls the other Senshi along the ice, gaining speed until she gives her friend a gentle pull past herself. Ami spins around and gives chase, then puts her hands on Jupiter's hips and starts to push even more. "Dunno why we waited this long to go skating, then," replies the Bluenette as she skates along with her friend. "We could've been doing this most of the last month or so."
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 00:53:36 24757
Kukai Souma makes a noise of embarrassment and scratches the back of his head, all youthful good looks and mistakes. "Sorry! I try to make a point not to pull it out unless I absolutely have to. If I'm able to do it myself, then I should." He grins, giving her a thumbs up. "Anyway, I apologize for not being here on time. I hope you haven't fallen because of it."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 00:54:17 24758
    Kyouko stands just beside the pond, waiting until Mami comes over to her. In the meantime, Super-Usagi comes over to demand she skate. She gives the Princess a little grin, that lopsided thing she does. "I ain't much of a skater, hon. But I'll come find you in a few minutes. I gotta talk to Mami first, okay? By the way, Madoka said the coat looked good." She actually preens just a little as she says this.

    But then she turns her attention back to Mami as the girl skates over to her and greets her. She keeps her hands in her pockets, studying the other veteran Puella for a moment before she shrugs her shoulders, as if to say 'might as well do it then'.

    "Listen Mami, about what I said the other day." Which 'other day' is not specified. There have been enough to choose from. "I'm sure I dun need to tell ya this but, things have been pretty rough for me for a while. I've been stressed out, and generally pissed off. But after what happened, I was kinda thinkin' about it and, well.." She hesitates a moment, casting her gaze off to one side.

    "I'm sorry, alright? About yellin' at you and stuff. It means a lot that after everythin' you'd still come if you thought I was in trouble. So.. thanks." She glances back towards the other girl, with a faint smile touching her lips. "I just wanted to get that off my chest, what with the big party comin' this weekend and all. Figured it might be my only chance."
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 00:55:36 24759
    "G-Greta..." She replies, only polite to introduce yourself to someone who has done so first.

    However! In response to Madoka, appearently being the host of the little shindig, informing her as the the purpose of the get together, Greta makes a point of immediately pointing out why this is a bad idea, "Are you out of your mind!? Here we are, a bunch of magical girls just milling about, relaxing, out in the open where any sort of enemy could just SHOW UP and try to eliminate us all at once! And shouldn't you be preparing for this upcoming dangerous event, if it's that bad?"

    Then she hears Shinobu blurting out her bit, and the negative response to it, and says, "I don't even know you guys, but that sounds like a really STUPID thing to blurt out, RIGHT IN THE OPEN!"

    Serious business.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 00:55:47 24760
    Homura tensely watches Shinobu and Tsubasa, then breathes out a sigh of relief when they part ways. "Well, that's settled." Homura smiles as Madoka thanks her, and she nods. "Of course, Madoka-chan."

    She mostly ignores everything else going on, giving Greta a short glance and a wave, only responding again when Madoka mentions Princess Serenity. "Yeah, that's right. She's the princess that Tuxedo Kamen was looking for, and she's just as kind as his visions implied."

    Madoka runs off to go talk to Shinobu, and Homura just shakes her head. Madoka isn't wrong by any stretch of the imagination, but seriously-- Tsubasa just got done telling Shinobu to stop being crazy. Then again, that information is-- becoming more common.

    Homura's pretty sure that Shinobu wouldn't start a fight with Madoka, so she turns her attention away from the pink-haired girl for a moment to wander closer to Anshi. Homura ignores the other girls nearby and says, "You sure know how to get yourself in trouble, don't you?"

    Homura reaches out to offer Anshi a hand. "It'll be easier to get your skates on when you're on the snow."
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 00:56:04 24761
Kukai Souma looks over to Anshi and then shakes his head a little faster than he needed to. "No! I mean, no - she was just, I mean, looking for a skating partner, and I know how to skate really well. I should introduce myself. I'm Kukai Souma!" While he's talking he kneels down, as agile on his skates as on his feet, and begins checking her skates. "First let's get these set up, then we'll get you on your feet, if Mami doesn't mind."
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 00:56:45 24762
Guardian Hino smiles at Shinobu. "Puella Magi, she was probably going to say." he says softly. He relaxes when Tsubasa relents as he sighs and shakes his head. He turns to Shinobu and smiles and then frowns heavily. "Riventon..." he says. "You fought him? Yes. He's--- powerful. Not a nice person." he says. "I'm sorry you had to fight him." he says, he motions to Runealy. "We've both had our problems with him." he says softly.

Then she spouts out about----

He winces as Madoka-chan gets upset. He shakes his head and places a hand on Shinobu's shoulder. He looks around. There's no terrible people about. He trusts or has seen everyone here at least once. Creepy Not-Mamoru isn't here. Okay.

"Are you okay?..." he asks quietly to Shinobu. "Don't worry. She'll be okay- after that. Just. When you have a secret like that, it's better to keep it to yourself." he tries to give a reassuring pat. "Do you need to sit down for a moment, after that?" he asks softly.
Tsubasa Kazanari 2016-01-26 00:57:18 24763
Shinobu's outburst and Madoka's response, in a way, seem to serve to convince Tsubasa that her concern was well-founded. Her only response, a frustrated sigh. She responds to Miss Blue, "I've said my piece." She repeats, with barely any emotion in it at this point. "My apologies for causing a scene."

She starts to head towards the hooded Hunter, and thus Prism Keeper Orange, apparently taking the opportunity to follow up on yesterday's events a little more. "Hunter-san, thank you again for putting up that barrier. I believe you may have saved many lives that way." She also nods to the Prism Keeper, "Orange-san."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 00:59:04 24764
Puella Magi Shinobu finally calms down right as Madoka points out what she did. "Oh crap." Her face goes red and she immediately walks away. She messed up in potentially the worst possible way. She moves toward a bench and takes a seat. "Crap crap crap crap CRAP!"

She hangs her head. "What was I even thinking. I am such an idiot. I just screwed up in the worst way!" She frowns and just starts crying. What is she even supposed to say after that. 'Sorry I let out our secret.' Part of her wants to just end her shame all together.
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 01:00:52 24765
"The one he was talking about," Rune answers to Shinobu, gaze stuck on her Soul Gem for a few seconds. Then she makes eye contact, but still looks startled. Perhaps it was something Shinobu just said. "I didn't have all the details, just that he had met 'a new Puella Magi.'"

Madoka's thoughts are quickly acknowledged. "We've all seen how that can happen. People are on 'sides' in fights... right now, nobody's on a side because there are no sides to be on. So we'll try to stay out of that."

Then she notices Mami, due to Madoka having done so. That earns a quick wave, even if Rune does look somewhat worried due to the situation unfolding.

Thankfully, it seems to be calming down. "Right, you've said it. Let's let it go at that."

Hino speaks of having problems with Riventon. Problems she's familiar with too? "Sounds like you know him under a different name than I do. We'll have to figure that out soon. 'Dark energy', though..." a few headshakes. "Glad you're okay, and you too," a nod over at Shinobu... and then the conversation turns very frantic, as she realizes what the implications might be now that Madoka has pointed them out and Shinobu responded. "...That's... mm." Rune has no real reply for this.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 01:01:26 24766
She wilts, only a little, at Kyouko. "Well, okay, but maybe I'm good enough to try to help you! And yay! I should hug Madoka!"

She turns back, and Sailor Moon shakes her head at Jupiter, still grinning. "Nope! No fun at all!"

Then she spots Homura. Yay! She zooms toward her, slowing down to hop off the rink just enough to pounce the girl in a hug, not paying attention, really, of Conversations in progress. "Homu-chan~!"
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 01:02:11 24767
Anshi smiels broadly as Homura helps her to her feet. "Hey, at least this time I'm not getting myself seriously hurt," she says, as she accepts the help up. Her stockinged foot is cold and wet, but with Kukai and Homura's help she at least gets her other skate on in the snow. "I have never been ice skating before," she admits to both of them as that ball and chain swings freely about her neck.

But Anshi's eyes pass beyond them both towards a scene breaking out, and she wobblingly gets her feet on the ice. "Hey, Akemi-san, can you give me a push?" Anshi asks, pointing in Madoka and Greta's general direction. "Someone needs a hug."
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 01:02:20 24768
Hunter chuckles as Orange looks frowny at the thought that she can't make skates for him. "That's all right," he exuses. "Magic can't solve everything, after all. Besides, orange and green... I'm not sure about that color combination." His face can't be seen, so his tone will have to carry the humor.

Funny he should mention magic not solving everything. Because to get skates? He looks at the gem in that staff he carries. "Anthy? Think you can do it?" A ping sounds from the Device. And his boots reconfigure themselves... slowly, mind. Until they're a pair of ice skates. "Well. That worked better than I thought..."

Tsubasa appears then, and Hunter turns in her direction. He nods his head once, slowly. "You're welcome," he answers. "Saw what happened to that one man. Figured it'd be better to eliminate that possibility entirely. I'm just glad no one else died."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 01:07:38 24769
Mami is actually stunned by what Kyouko said. She looks down. Especially when she talks about the 'big party'. "Sakura-san. I know I've been... bad... about letting you go off on your own. Sometimes when I look at you, I don't see... the tough girl who's on her own. I remember my kohai." she admits.

"So I want to apologize, too. It's just part of who I am. How I think of you." she adds. But then she looks up into Kyouko's eye. "But neither of us is dying to this witch, I'm sure about that." she says. "I refuse to let it." She stomps, and then forgets she's wearing skates and not boots, and Mami is now falling down, arms flailing...
Makoto Kino 2016-01-26 01:07:54 24770
"We've been a bit busy," Sailor Jupiter points out in reply to Mercury, laughing as she says it. "But that doesn't mean we can't start going more often! A little more exercise wouldn't hurt any of us..."

Her voice trails off as she decides that this really seems a bit backwards, doesn't it? Green eyes bright with sudden mischief, she whirls around with a quick flick of her skates, sending both herself and Mercury into a brief but exhilarating spin.

It's only as they straighten back out that the raised voices from across the ice catch her attention. For a moment her smile dims, but when she looks, it seems as though things are already sorted out. "...I keep wondering if any of the Dark Kingdom guys are going to show up," she admits. "Although I don't know why they would, except for..."
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 01:08:39 24771
Guardian Hino looks to Runealy. "Riventon. 'Mister Black'." he says softly. "Same person." he says.

He sighs and follows Shinobu after talking and kneels down a bit next to her chair. "Relax." he says. "I don't know anyone here as a 'villian'-- I've seen most of these people at least once- asides for a few- and they don't seem hostile or 'evil'." he says.

He tries to think of better things to say.

"Do you want me to go over and talk to Madoka for you?" he asks softly. "Or later, if you'd prefer. I'm sure that, she'll be okay." he says. "It was probably just a shock. She's been through harder than a few words, I think." he says.

He pats her shoulder.

"Are you going to be okay?..."
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 01:09:36 24772
Prism Keeper Orange looks down at Hunter's feet and smiles wide! "Oh! You can make your own! See! That's fine then!" she says, now feeling less bad about leaving him out. She begins to step toward's the ice when Tsubasa appears.

She blushes, erm-- Tsubasa.. but. She said she was-- something's weilder. But Hibiki called her Tsubasa.

She doesn't dwell on it. "H-hello again. Are you okay? Did everything end okay at the concert? I had to... head home. My family knew I was there so-- I didn't want them. To get worried." She mutters.

She smiles. "I'm going to get onto the ice and dance a little." she says to Tsubasa. She offers a hand off to Hunter with a short smile!
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 01:09:41 24773
    Homura notices white movement at the edge of her vision and her purple eyes shift to investigate. Upon seeing Serenity, Homura opens one arm wide and catches the princess in a hug. "Princess-chan. How have you been? Sorry about the other day."

    With a tilt of her head and a smile, Homura compliments, "You're really good out there. I could probably stand to learn a thing or two from you."

    Homura's other arm is focused on helping Anshi up to her feet, and when she's asked for a push, Homura nods. "Alright. Be careful! It gets better once you learn to keep your balance."

    Homura steps onto the ice for a moment, finally using the blades on her feet for their intended purpose, releasing Serenity and skating behind Anshi. Homura gives her a gentle, but solid, push in the back, sending her on her way.
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 01:11:08 24774
Kukai Souma smiles as Mami talks, but then lunges in as she starts flailing, sliding in behind her to catch her with both arms and a knee, trying to keep her from falling onto her butt on the ice! "Hey, careful!"
Ami Mizuno 2016-01-26 01:11:22 24775
"Pfft, I don't know what you mean, 'busy'," Ami replies to Jupiter with a grin. "Why, I managed a whole three hours of sleep last n--eek!" she squeaks in surprise as Jupiter grabs her for a sudden spin. Mercury is quick to tuck her arms and turn her feet, allowing Jupiter's far greater strength to take control of their skate dance.

Mercury laughs as the spin comes to a stop, then follows Jupiter's dimming smile towards the sound of raised voices. "Honestly, they might," she agrees quietly. "But if they do, I'm sure there are enough of us here to at least repel them. We can't live every day in fear of what might happen. And every once in a while, even I need a break to remember that life is supposed to be fun."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 01:12:38 24776
    Madoka calls out to Greta, "Actually, I think any bad guys that showed up here and tried to hurt us would get blown up into dust before they could even get a single attack off!" A short pause, "Except the ones that we invited, but they wouldn't try to hurt us right now anyway!" As for preparations? She just shrugs a little.

    After whispering at Shinobu she wanders away, walking carefully on her skates with a worried expression on her face. She ends up walking to the food tables by chance. Madoka grabs a cup and goes to get herself some punch, only to hesitate for a moment. Peeking around she quickly dunks the cup into the bowl with the gold spike above it before taking a sip.

    ...no one spiked it! The punch bowl specifically for spiking remains non-alcoholic. She carefully takes a sniff of the other bowl, which also seems fine. "...is it because it was allowed this time?" she wonders aloud, looking baffled.
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 01:13:17 24777
"Thanks, Akemi-san!" Anshi says, pinwheeling her arms or balance as she slides across the ice as gracefully as a hedgehog in a skydiving competition. The apricot puella allows the momentum alone to propel her foreward towards Greta, until she stretches her arms right out to try and grasp the younger girl in a hug. "Help help!" she cries to Greta as she draws near. "I don't know how to stop!"
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-26 01:13:55 24778
Miss Blue nods pleasantly to Tsubasa. "Thank you. Please enjoy the party." The kitten waves to the singer, and they turn about to skate out onto the ice again, pausing briefly to clasp a hand on Shinobu's shoulder and squeeze gently.

"I see another of us has had the displeasure of meeting that particular jerk," she comments as Hino mentions Riventon, and sighs softly. "Someone should do something about him."

Then she leaves him to his talk with Shinobu, moving on to mingle with the crowd. Her course takes her past Homura and the princess, and she circles to a stop nearby to greet them. "Hello, Akemi-san, Serenity-dono. It's good to see everyone having fun, isn't it? A good friend recently reminded me that I was spending too much time focusing on what I couldn't control..." An odd expression crosses her face, and she reaches up to give her kitten a teasing scritch behind the ear. She does seem much more relaxed than the last time either girl saw her.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 01:15:02 24781
    Kyouko actually laughs just a little bit. "Mami, we didn't see each other for like three years. That's pretty good about letting me go off on my own, in my opinion. But the other thing?" That thing about still seeing her as her 'kohai'. "That I can believe. And it's something that's always pissed me off about you." But she grins slightly as she says it. "Guess neither of us is perfect, cause I know pissin' people off is one of my specialties."

    As Mami says she won't let anyone die to this Witch, Kyouko shakes her head slightly. "Hope for the best but prepare for the worst, ain't that what they say? Don't worry.. I got no plans on dyin', Mami. Shit, nothin's been able to kill me yet, despite the universe tryin' over and over. I hardly think this time'll be any different. Just didn't want to go into this fight without sayin' what needed to be said, that's all."

    And then Mami stamps, and is about to fall! Kyouko quickly reaches a hand out to grab her arm and stop her.. but Kukai is there first, catching her from behind. Kyouko gives Mami a look as the guy stabilizes her, then smirks slightly and shakes her head. "Anyway, have fun. I'll see ya."

     She turns and walks off down the edge of the pond, towards where Usagi is. "Hey, hon." She calls, waving an arm to attract her attention.
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 01:15:20 24782
When Hino explains the identity, Rune's eyes shoot wide. "Him? I... I see." She doesn't press the topic further, instead opting to let Hino focus on consoling Shinobu. Instead, Rune heads over toward Mami after that fall.

She's not super-worried about it, but is concerned enough to offer a "You alright?" and a hand up if it's desired. It's possible someone will beat her to that, though; Rune moves from some distance away to help with this.
Tsubasa Kazanari 2016-01-26 01:15:28 24783
"I'm fine, as are most people who went to the concert. One casualty, and a few people who got hurt in the panic but will recover. Thanks to the Barrier and our response, it didn't get worse." Tsubasa answers Orange, and she notices the stuttering, and can't help but mention. "You weren't this nervous yesterday."

Then she starts walking towards the ice, and the folding blades on her feet fold so they are below her feet, serving as perfectly functional ice skates, and she starts to get a feel for the ice. She seems to be used to the ice.
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 01:15:45 24784
Puella Magi Shinobu frowns and looks to Hino. She's still in tears but is at least very sober about the fact that she really just screwed up. "It was a mistake. A big. Rookie. Mistake. I've been trying to do this on my own. I didn't need my life threatened tonight and I didn't mean to say that so loud. I thought I was quiet enough that no one would really hear but so much for that.

She sighs and just shakes her head. "What is there to say. Sorry I gave out our dark secret? I don't think we have a hallmark card for that one."

"What am I doing Hino? I'm in over my head. How in the world am I supposed to do the right thing when the right thing keeps changing. It's so much easier to just fight. Fighting gets the point across clearly. Don't need to say anything. Don't need to hide anything. It's pure."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 01:17:39 24785
She sighs, happy in the returned hug! "It's okay. It was a tense situation."

Then she pulls back a little at the compliment, swaying side to side on the ice. "Thanks! It's not me, though. If I were still Moon, I'd be on the ice! And I mean, you know, sliding around on it while I try to stand up!"

And then she hears the hon! "Oop, excuse me! Gotta go tackle another Puella!"

Zoom! Kyouko finds herself in a hug!

"Hi! You wanna skate? I think I can show you a little if you don't know how!"
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 01:20:16 24786
Hunter nods to Orange's mention of her parents. "That would have been messy," he agrees. "I suppose they don't know?" He indicates her outfit, meaning they don't know she's a magical girl. Tsubasa's words of the concert get a nod. "Too easy to focus on the damage done. But it could've been much worse, yes." He also chuckles at Tsubasa calling Orange out on her stuttering! but he's wise enough not to mention it.

Prism Keeper Orange is holding out a hand to him then, and there's a smile on his face. Hunter takes hold of Orange's hand, gently but firmly, and heads to the ice with her. With him it's also a case of not really knowing much about skating, but having the grace and poise to fake it. He's learned to dance, he's learned to carry himself confidently and with grace. That should be enough to prevent him from faceplanting.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 01:23:23 24788
Mami is caught - just before - she hits the ground by Kukai - and that changes her opinion of him in an instant. Her cheeks don't flush at all. Honest. And somehow she keeps talking to Kyouko as he rights her. "Well, if we weren't upsetting each other, it'd be a different time and place, wouldn't it?" she says, a bit of sadness creeping in before she banishes it.

"Look at how many people have come to help us. We'll be fine." Is that more for Kyouko, or Mami herself? That's up in the air as Kukai gets her standing straight up. "But I'm really glad you said it anyways."

Then, finally, she manages a little bow on her skates to Kukai as Kyouko heads off. "Thank you, Souma-kun." she says. Then, Rune arrives, and Mami smiles to her, as well. "I'm fine thanks to the sudden interference of a dashing gentleman."
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 01:23:37 24789
Guardian Hino says. "Apologizing is a good start." he admits. "As silly as it sounds. The idea is to follow through." he smiles. He tries to keep a chipper demeanor. He shakes his head. "I know what that feeling is like. I won't talk about it here, but--- later-- I'll tell you the story of mine and my friends own serious mistakes. If they can forgive us for that- well..."

"I'm sure she'll forgive you. Maybe not right now. But soon." he says.

He motions as he tries to take Shinobu's hand.

"Shin-chan." that's a new name. "Just take a deep breath. Relax. This is important... okay?" he asks. "Thinking like that. It's a bad place. Do you understand...?" he asks softly.
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 01:24:15 24790
    Greta blinkblinks even more, "But--You can't seriously think someone big enough won't just show up!" Surely she wasn't the only one that thought this a bad idea. "Someone back me up? Hello?"

    "INCOMING."

    Greta has all of one moment of warning from her intelligent device, and she blinks, "What, where--" She turns in time to see Anshi colliding into her, at which point she shrieks and crashes to the ice in the colssion. If she hadn't put on her Barrier Jacket before getting onto the ice, that might have hurt. Instead, all that hurts is her pride. "Owowow... Watch where you're... Going--"

    If the collission goes as expected, Anshi would probably have landed right on top of her.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 01:24:24 24791
    Homura sees Kyouko and Blue approaching herself and Usagi. Fortunately Usagi goes off to tackle Kyouko before Homura has to actually interact with her. Whether that was intentional or not, Homura is quietly grateful for it.

    Miss Blue gets a blank look as Homura tilts her head. "You can't control everything, but you can control quite a bit. I see it like... playing chess. You aren't the pieces on the board, you're just the chess player, and the pieces won't just follow any rule you want them to, they each follow their own rules. Yet if you respect their rules, you can move them around quite a bit."

    Homura sees Madoka heading for the punch bowl, smelling to see if it's spiked. Homura hasn't spotted anyone going after them, has she? She's been distracted.

    Homura's still watching her from a distance, though she's... reasonably sure that nothing bad is going to happen. Or at least, if something was, it would've happened already.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 01:24:36 24792
    Kyouko is hugged! She laughs, looking genuinely happy for the first time since she arrived (at least, other than when Madoka complimented her coat!). She squeezes Usagi back, then lets her go, shrugging her shoulders slightly. "Ice skatin' ain't one of my skills, though I don't think I've ever actually tried.."

    She raises up a leg, showing off the sturdy black boots she is wearing under her black pants, which are definitely not ice skates. "The bigger problem is just that I dun got any ice skates."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 01:26:21 24793
Anshi may be terrifically uncoordinated on the ice, but there is one very important thing she knows how to do: hug and let fall! Anshi grabs Greta and twists as she goes over, making sure that it's Anshi on the bottom when the pair crash into the ice. "Sorreeeee!" she says, grinning big. Yeah, she meant to do that. "I really have no idea what I'm doing," Anshi tells Greta with big sad eyes. "I've never been ice skating before. I'm Anshi Hayakawa. Do you think you could teach me how to skate?"
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 01:26:44 24794
Kukai Souma can't help but grin at Mami, an infectious, self-pleased grin as she stands up. "It's nothing! And hey, as long as people are willing to talk and work things out, whatever comes, we'll be ok. Would you like to take a lap around the pond or something?" He looks over as Rune comes up and nods to her. "Hi!"
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 01:27:12 24795
Rune is definitely on bad terrain for walking, and is being very careful about it. Nonetheless, a nod over to Kukai follows, "Thank you." Then to Mami, "What... is all this? I notice everyone gliding along the ice on shoes with a little metal to them. Don't think I've seen that before?" She looks very puzzled by this idea, staring from Mami to Kukai, back and forth several times while trying to figure it out.
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 01:28:19 24796
Prism Keeper Orange shakes her head. "They don't.. my grandpa does. He can... see my tell." she says softly. "But only mentioned it to me recently." she mutters.

She looks to Tsubasa and blushes. "Well! Fighting and social situations are two different things Tsub--um.. The-- weilder of-- the.. Symphogear! Hibiki said it was that, right!?" she mutters. Yup. Muttering mess in front of someone she's a fan of. This night is going swimmingly...

But...

Someone is dancing with her!? Onto the ice! She gently handholds with Hunter, it's a weak grip! And--- Orange is good! Not as graceful, but she keeps up- she knows how to skate.

Oh--- then her skate hits an uneven bump in the ice-- some stray piece of bark and she begins to tumble Whoops! Hunter better try to catch her.

A podium of three koi judges appear and begin writing numbers on white cards to score the eventual crash and/or catch.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-26 01:29:41 24797
Listening to Homura's description, Miss Blue cannot help but think of her own games, and how often she uses the metaphors and strategies she learned from them in her own battles. "That's true," she agrees. "But first you have to learn what the rules are. And not all the pieces want to listen very well."

The kitten on her shoulder leans up and nips at her earlobe. "Hikari-chan! Hey!" She tilts her head as if listening, for a moment, and then nods. "Yes, yes. It's true."

Turning her attention back to Homura, she adds, "And we can't let ourselves forget the important part. That we're not talking about cardboard chits or pewter figures, here." When the game pieces are real people, the stakes are infinitely higher than chits on a hexmap.

"So, how are you holding up? Ready for anything? I'm surprised not to see White or Gull-chan here today."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 01:30:02 24798
Puella Magi Shinobu accepts Hino's hand. She frowns and nods, "The past few days have just really stunk. Everything I do feels wrong." She sighs and walks with him. "You're right though. I do need to apologize."

Quietly Shinobu leads Hino towards the punch table where Madoka is. She frowns and looks to her. "I'm sorry. I was upset and wasn't thinking clearly. I didn't want to come here and fight. I wanted to just have a good time and forget everything for a while. Then I got my life threatened and told that I'm treating things like a game? I'm not. So... I really am sorry and I hope to make amends." She frowns and looks to Hino as she tries to figure out what to do next.
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 01:30:13 24799
Kukai Souma nods, then digs in with one foot and carefully lifts the other, showing the blades of one skate to Rune, keeping himself balanced for several long seconds. "A long metal edge cuts into the ice and helps you keep your balance on the ice and move much more quickly. Some of them will have one blade, or two."
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 01:33:48 24801
Guardian Hino follows along and closes his eyes and just smiles a bit before opening them.

He smiles as best as he can as he nods to Madoka. "Hello Kaname-san." he says softly. "Shinobu's not had a very good past few days." he urges softly. "She's only been at this for not very long. I'm sure that what you said will be a good impeteus to make sure this never happens again." he says softly.

"I hope you are not too upset as to ruin your party. Is there anything I can do?" he asks to her.
Tsubasa Kazanari 2016-01-26 01:33:56 24802
As Tsubasa figures out Prism Keeper Orange has figured out who she is, and who appears to be to blame for that. Well... Tsubasa sighs, a frustrated sigh. "Tachibana is well meaning." Her tone suggests that's about the extent of her positivity regarding the Gungnir girl, "But she's inexperienced." She seems to be reminding herself more than informing anyone else. She doesn't deny who she is.

She starts skating in earnest, her moves are that of someone who is used to moving with a certain degree of grace and control. There's a degree of 'natural performer' to her moves, at that.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 01:34:59 24803
Mami smiles. "It's a party. A dance. A skating... thing." To be fair, Mami's experience actually doesn't include ice-skating parties before an apocaylpse witch. It's why she brought Kukai! Who she is now distancing herself from. She sees the looks. SHE SEES THEM.

Kukai gives an explanation, which she nods along with. "We figured we'd... have a big time to enjoy ourselves. Not that we're not going to beat Walpurgisnacht... it's just..." she doesn't want to say what the outcome might be, so she just doesn't. PROBLEM SOLVED.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 01:35:16 24804
"Oh! Come on, then!" She gets off the rink, and her feet are suddenly encased in slippers as she pulls Kyouko along. Huh! Imagine that!

As the trudge through the small amount of snow (why aren't her feet cold?) they pass the punch bowls. "Oooo punch!" She makes herself a cup, not paying attention to signs, and downing it. Her shoulders slump a little. "I don't think this is spiked." (It probably is, but MoonBooze is stronger than EarthBooze, I guess. Serenity has tolerance out the wazoo!)

And then she's dragging again! "Skate rentals! And I'm so glad you like the coat! It just screamed your name at me! And I went 'okay, coat, I'll get you!'"
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 01:37:46 24805
Rune looks down, staring at Kukai's footwear. "That sounds really hard to do, staying balanced on something so thin! Is it really possib--" She catches the question, "Of course it is. I'm seeing lots of you do it right now. Just can't see how you'd ever figure that out, is all."

She tries to fill in a possible conclusion for Mami, "It's just that you don't know. You can say 'we will win for sure', but... you can't really, really know it, can you? I 'said' the same thing, but didn't 'know' it, when I was facing this problem back home. So it's okay if you're out here getting 'one last party' in before then!"
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 01:39:06 24807
    Kyouko gets towed. She doesn't fight too much, although she does at least do her best to look like she's not going willingly- just for appearances, you understand. She notices Usagi's Magic Footwear, but doesn't comment on it. She's seen crazier stuff.

    She still has hot chocolate in her hand, so she doesn't take any punch as Usagi stops to grab some, although she does blink in surprise as the Princess mentions that it isn't spiked. "Really? Well.. first time for everything I guess."

    She eyes the skate rental booth with a bit of trepidation. "I... don't really have a lot of money to throw around," She starts to protest, but then id distracted by talk of the coat. She smiles again. "Yeah, I love it. Seriously, thanks so much, hon. Not a whole lotta people have given me gifts in recent times." Without thinking about it, her hand raises to touch the red and gold hairpin in her hair- the one other recent exception. "It means a lot."
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 01:39:17 24808
Not to worry, Hunter cheats. As Orange stumbles, Hunter will indeed move to catch her, trying to get an arm around her waist. Not just that, though. To ensure he doesn't fall over or doesn't get pushed back-- there's so very little friction on ice skates-- there is the momentary glow of an emerald green magical circle beneath him. It's Mid-Childan, for those who know the difference. Provided he can manage to get an arm around Orange's waist, he lifts off the ice a few inches, steadying himself in the air. Otherwise he'll remain where he is, using that magic circle to steady himself.
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 01:39:18 24809
    Well, Greta wouldn't have gotten hurt, and apparently neither did Anshi, but all the same, it's still this awkward pileup that Greta finds herself in, and she blushes at the closeness of it all, "G-Greta... Greta Legend..." Then she takes her staff-form intelligence device and uses it to push herself off and get back to her feet, "Look, it's... It's pretty easy, just turn your feet in, so your toes are closer to each other, and that'll keep you from sliding everywhere..."

    Greta then reaches down and grabs for Anshi's hand to help her back up to her feet, "Come on, it's easy..."
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 01:40:38 24810
    "We're not, no." Homura shakes her head. "The games we play are at much higher stakes, and it's not like you can win without playing."

    Homura looks up at the sky, in response to the question. "Am I ready? I've done everything I could think of to do, thought of more things, and did those, too. I think I've thought of everything, but there are certain things that can't be prepared for, only adapted to if they happen."

    "... but I've fought this battle many times before. We'll win, this time. No doubt about it." Is Homura confident, or is she forcing herself to believe that? She kindof does have to believe it, because she only gets this one last chance, and if she messes it up...

    Homura shrugs at the mention of Miss White and Gull. "They just aren't here. Who knows? Maybe they didn't show because they thought that the Dark Kingdom would."

    Homura steps on the ice and starts sliding, slowly. Like inches per second. She isn't really going anywhere.
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 01:42:38 24811
Kukai Souma puts an arm around Mami's shoulders in the most bro way possible, almost knocking her off balance again. "Of course we'll win! Everyone here will fight their hardest and with good teamwork and coordination we'll all come home together! You have to have faith in your friends, no matter what comes!"
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 01:42:41 24812
Anshi lets Greta help her to her feet, a broad smile on her face. "You call it easy," says the apricot Puella as she flails her free hand to try and keep balance. "I call it very complicated. But then, walking is complicated, some days. It's really nice to meet you, Greta-chan!" She tries to turn her toes in as instructed, but keeps one hand gripping Greta's tightly. (Not too tightly; super strength must be very carefully used in such situations.) "Like this?" she asks the shorter girl as she tries to keep her feet. She's wobbly, and her knees are shaking, but Anshi manages to stay up with Greta's help.
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 01:45:12 24813
Prism Keeper Orange is caught! She blushes at Tsubasa. "S-sorry! It's just that.. your other name is so hard to remember!--and.. Hibiki said your name!" she blushes fiercely. Oh. Then Hunter catches her.

---and she blushes harder.

The koi raise signs. 7.5 - 8.2 - 3.4 , the third one is still the Russian koi.

She huffs at this but looks up at Hunter with that blush on her face still. "Uh---t--thanks!" she mutters.

"I think I hit something! I'm usually so good.. at skating." she mutters.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 01:45:44 24814
While they talk about the coat and gifts, Sailor Moon points at the sign. "It's freeeee! And even if it weren't, I would cover it, because I'm the one who wants you to skate and I didn't hafta rent any anyway, so yay!"

And then she's hugging again, and petting a ponytail. "You're very welcome!" Hug, hug, hug! "I just hope it's cozy enough!"
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-26 01:47:00 24815
Miss Blue nods, and lets herself drift along, beside Homura for a moment. "It's true. I've had to face up to the fact that I've already made the decision... it's far too late to back out now." She's risked too much, made friends, enemies... no, this life will never leave her alone to be normal.

"We've got a lot of good people involved in it." She doesn't mention the bad people, right now. "You know I'll be there, wherever you need me."

As for Hannah and Haruna, "They might be busy with other things, too. But it doesn't really matter." She shrugs, and reaches up to scritch the kitten again. "After all this is over, want to grab a pizza somewhere? You can drag Kaname-san along, and I'll... well, I'll bring someone..."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 01:47:26 24816
    Kyouko is not used to this many huggings. She doesn't spend enough time with Usagi to have gotten used to it. She laughs a little bit, blushing slightly despite herself. "Alright, hon, alright.. it's plenty cozy, I promise." Once she has disentangled herself, she finds a pair of skates that are about her size, and slips them on.

    Then she stands up, testing her balance. Doesn't seem too bad- she's got some natural grace after all, being a fighter and such. "This ain't so bad." Of course, she's not actually on the ice yet.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 01:48:34 24817
    Madoka loiters by the food table, drinking her cup of punch and eating one of her fathers snacks. His cooking is usually pretty good for cheering her up and this time is no exception. She's not quite as upset when Shinobu approaches her, though she shifts a bit uncomfortably. "I know you're here to enjoy yourself and have fun. As long as you know not to do that again and be more careful from now on..." She wants to say it'll be okay, but she honestly isn't sure it will and she isn't going to lie. "It's not me you'd have to make amends to, anyway. Homura-chan didn't seem very upset, and maybe the others didn't hear. ...don't tell them though! The more people that know, the more likely it is for someone dangerous to point out." Madoka is starting to really understand why Homura started out keeping so much of that information to herself. It's bad enough if the people who should know don't trust her, but it'd be even worse if enemies decided to use the knowledge against her.

    To Hino she nods a little, "I understand... you two just try to have fun for the rest of the night, okay?" She offers them both a little smile, and then wanders over towards the pond to get on the lake and start skating around herself. What she needs right now is an injection of fun, and she's come to enjoy skating quite a bit over the winter. It's also been long enough it doesn't immediately give her sad thoughts about Takashi. And so she starts making a slow circle around the pond, the breeze from her movement waving her twintails and sending ripples through the skirt of her dress.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 01:50:03 24818
Before Mami can dwell on the potential sadness left unsaid suddenly kukai is grabbing at her and shouting! IN HER EAR! But she smiles - even if she ducks away from his enthusastic voice - and giggles. He is a little bit infectuous, with that. "You're right. And I know it can be beaten. I've done the research. I know it's been pushed back with far fewer people than we have here ice skating, and we have even more people than are here. It's brought everyone together - an enemy for us all to fight."

Then she looks at Kukai and blinks, before breaking contact with him and her eyes drifting down, away - then back - and then away. When Madoka skates by, though, she'll pipe up. "Kaname-san! Again, my appreciation for putting this together!"
Makoto Kino 2016-01-26 01:50:09 24819
"You're right," Jupiter answers Mercury, and then laughs. "Again." Almost absently, she glides along backwards the better to face her teammate. She casts occasional glances back over her shoulder - it wouldn't do to run someone over - but she seems slightly distracted. "About that--" Her eyes find Mercury's again. "There's something I need to talk to you about sometime soon."

In the next moment, whatever's on her mind is shaken off and she cracks a grin. "Not while we're busy remembering to have fun, though. Later's fine."
Tsubasa Kazanari 2016-01-26 01:50:40 24820
"Tachibana and I aren't friends." Tsubasa says in a soft tone, there's some anger in her voice, she tries to hide it, but it's not very good. "Call me Habakiri-san if that's easier." And then she leaves the ice, swords folding back in. "I'll have to figure out how to explain a few things to Tachibana."

And thus, the Symphogear user starts to walk, leaving the park and dance party behind.
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 01:52:02 24821
"Even so, it's okay to worry." Rune comments to Kukai and Mami. "Still, I'll let it go at that. for now... I wonder how you do this. Moving on the ice like that, I mean. Where do you learn?"
Ami Mizuno 2016-01-26 01:52:27 24822
Mercury tilts her head as she skates along with Mercury, keeping up with the taller Senshi without any trouble. She keeps both hands in Jupiter's as she follows along. Tilting her head to one side, Ami seems to study her friend's eyes for several moments. "Sure, we can talk any time," she agrees, but then Jupiter is smiling again, and Mercury smiles right along. "Well, then, are you going to throw me, or are we going to just keep going around in boring circles forever?"
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 01:52:32 24823
Once Orange is steady again, Hunter lowers the both of them back down to the ground. Thought he makes sure she's not going to fall over before releasing her. "Quite all right," he excuses. "Can't be perfect all the time."

...Thank God for his carefully rehearsed composure and the hood that hides most of his face. Having a girl fall on him is a little embarassing, even if complete disaster was averted. "Are you all right, though?"
Sayaka Miki 2016-01-26 01:57:07 24824
    It seems that Sayaka is..Fashionably late, having been stuck in some boring study session on the night of the party! However, she finally made it here, skates already tied up and matching her adorable skating outfit: a white taffeta dress underneath iceblue glittery sheer tulle, with a short flared skirt, puffy sleeves and a petaled skirt frill overlay.

    Although it's a relatively chilly night, she seems right at home on the ice as she spins and twirls, dancing lightly on the arena as if she was born to do this. Somewhere off in the distance she spies Hitomi and Kyousuke, and slows her dance, searching through the crowds for another glimpse of her childhood crush..
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 01:57:39 24825
Puella Magi Shinobu nods, "For now I am going to just keep quiet and try to avoid people wanting to fight. I'd rather just have some fun." She smiles to Madoka and then looks to the pond. "Umm... How am I supposed to do this? I don't know the first thing about ice skating."

Shinobu turns and pours herself a bit of punch. Part of her does wish the punch was spiked. At least then she would be able to blame her actions on the alcohol. No luck there.
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 01:57:46 24826
    Greta nods as she watches Anshi get to her feet, and stay more or less stable. YAY BARRIER JACKETS for making super strength not hurt as much! "Easy does it. Alright, now once you've got your footing, lean onto your stronger foot and press the full blade outward and slightly forward, making it skid on the ice."

    She takes Anshi's hand and tells her, "Just follow me, do what I do..." With that, she pushes herself forward a little, waiting for Anshi to follow suit, and all this time she doesn't quite realize that she's socializing for once.
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 01:58:05 24827
Prism Keeper Orange watches Tsubasa leave... she frowns a bit.. she looks down. "I think i upset her... hehehehe I...met her, in a shop and I kinda stared too long... I really like her music..." she mutters.

"I don't think she likes me very much. But. I'm getting the impression now... she might not like a lot of people much. Or perhaps... maybe it's just rehearsed. Like. Trying to protect someone.. or something.." she says with a sigh.

Oh oop! Onto her feet. She blushes. "T..thanks- again, um!" she's embarrased a little herself. But being embarassed and dancing with a boy is ten times better than sitting at a table eating crab cakes while your magic koi friends give the evil eye to someone else most of the dance.

"I'm okay!" she answers. "Just a little winded. Ah---!" she says.

She begins to push her skates again. There we go! Nothing hurt or sprained or twisted!
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 01:59:09 24828
Kukai Souma looks around for a spare set of skates for Rune. "Um. We'd have to find you a spare set of skates but if your balance is good then you can learn easy! It's all about keeping yourself level and balanced, and keeping your center of gravity low."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 01:59:46 24829
Anshi beams at Greta when the other girl starts trying to show her what to do. She plants her right foot, leans on it a little too much, and starts to wobble. "Whwhwhaoooah," she says, then catches herself on Greta's shoulder. "Heee," she says, then tries again. This time, she manages to push off, chasing after Greta just barely. She's still wobbly, but, "I did it! I'm skating!" she says, still clinging to the blonde tightly.
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 02:00:05 24830
Guardian Hino smiles at Shinobu as he taps his foot a moment. "I know how to skate. Would you like to learn?" he asks to Shinobu.

He looks around. "Wait here. I'll go get skates."

Indeed, off he goes to go get skates.

He returns a moment later with them.

"Let me know when you're ready." he says as he pours himself punch aswell, from the non-spiked bowl. He does however look left and right and leans down to sniff the bowl. Huh...

"I don't think anyone's spiked it yet. Tsk." he says almost dissapointed, perhaps.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 02:01:58 24831
    Pizza? Homura considers. "That might not be the best idea. I have no idea how tired we'll all be after this. More than likely we'll all just want to go home after, and I doubt we'll be that hungry either."

    Homura looks over at Madoka, thinking that she might need some cheering up. Maybe Homura has shared too much in the past already... but there's no point in worrying about that now.

    Homura regards Blue for a moment. "I should go. I think Kaname-san might need help with something." Then she skates forward, across the ice, speeding up to a casual pace. It isn't long before she reaches Madoka's side again, stepping off of the ice and stepping through the snow. She glances to Hino and Shinobu as she steps behind Madoka, giving the pink pigtailed girl a hug from behind.

    "Shinobu-san, try not to worry about it too much."

    Homura overhears that the punch hasn't been spiked yet, and lets out a long overdramatic sigh. "Really? Okay fine." She mutters something about 'if you want something done right you have to do it yourself' and goes up to the spikeable punch bowl. She produces a small flask of booze and dumps it in. The punchbowl that is meant to be left alone is, respectfully, left alone.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 02:02:41 24832
    Kyouko is standing off near the skate-rental-booth-thing with Usagi/Princess Serenity. She's wearing a really fancy new red and black coat that Usagi had brought her from France! It makes her look super classy. She's about to comment about something else regarding the skates when she catches a glimpse of a familiar blue heard over on the lake.

    She raises her hand, about to call out to Sayaka, when the blue-haired girl starts her graceful turns and spins on the ice. Kyouko actually falls silent for a moment as she watches Sayaka dance atop the ice. "Beautiful." She murmurs to herself, softly enough that probably only Usagi could hear her, if she even catches it.

    But then she blushes slightly and shakes her head, raising her hand again and actually calling out this time, "Hey, Saya-chan!"
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 02:03:18 24833
"It's hard to say," Hunter replies. "Some people need to use their composure like a shield, but are really nice once they trust you. Some are like that because they just don't care about anyone. And some just don't know how to... well, don't know how to 'people'. You know. How to interact and socialize. Some people just aren't good at it. It's hard to tell which is the case for each person. And asking would be rude."

He notes carefully as Orange stands again. Nothing broken, she's not limping, and doesn't appear to be in pain, does she? Not that he can see. "Good. A sudden jolt to the foot can easily twist an ankle, especially on ice skates."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 02:06:36 24834
Mami nods to Kukai, and then to Rune. "I actually am still learning but Souma-kun has been an excellent teacher." she says, that smile breaking into a grin. "I'm sure he could help you out, too." she adds. Then, she spots a blunette skating by - and waves to Sayaka. "Miki-san! Hello!" It's been a long time since she's talked to her. And she has no idea she might have some opinions about recent actions Mami wouldn't like....
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 02:07:48 24835
"That sounds kind of like an engineering thing," Rune comments to Kukai's mentions of 'center of gravity.' She's not totally ignorant of the premise, but it's just not commonly used in conversations where she's from. "Well, we'll give it a try if it's really okay?"

She looks surprised to hear Mami is 'still learning, and adds to this: "Maybe we could learn together?" A quick glance is given over to Sayaka; Rune is curious since Mami is greeting her, but doesn't immediately know who this is.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-26 02:09:10 24836
Miss Blue smiles softly and skates on slowly while Homura rushes off. She and her kitten both wave to the Puella, and Blue herself is definitely grinning. "That's the way to do it," she mutters, as she watches Homura hug Madoka. "Good going."

Another look around, and she debates exactly who to bother next. Mercury and Jupiter are busy, and she doesn't really know either, but then Sayaka's arrival catches her eye. A fellow blue swordswoman. There's got to be something there, right?

She drifts over towards Sayaka and Kyouko, skating along slowly, and rather missing the cocoa she left with Shinobu. Ah, well, it was all for a good cause.

"Welcome to the party," she comments as she nears the pair, "Glad to see you made it."
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 02:09:20 24837
Kukai Souma makes sure Mami's steady on her feet, then skates over to the edge where a few spare sets of skates are, holding one up for Runealy. "Sure, it's great! You should always do everything you can. Here we go - little big, I think, but better big than small. You can lace them up tight!"
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 02:10:13 24838
Puella Magi Shinobu gives a small smile to Homura and blushes a little. "Thank you. I'm really truely sorry. It's just so overwhelming. I'm trying and I'm just trying to find the line. Where is the hero and where is just trying to survive?" She frowns over that.

Then Hino returns with the ice skates. "Okay... I've trained on ice but not on steel strips of metal." Carefully she gets the skates on... then promptly falls on her face. "Ooof! Slowly she gets up again and wipes mud and snow off of herself.

Then the punch is spiked. Shino doesn't hold back She gets herself a cup and downs it. Then she gets another and downs it too! "Now I'm ready to do this!"
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 02:11:58 24839
Prism Keeper Orange nods a bit. "I..suppose." she says worriedly. "It still makes me worry for them I guess." she says sadly. "But maybe she has to present a certain image, too." she says as she taps her bottom lip throughtfully. Oh, then she looks back up and blushes again!

"I'm fine and---" she grins. "If I got hurt like this, it'd probably heal super fast anyways! Maybe that's one of the pluses of attending a part in a magical disguise." she grins!

She smiles and grins. "Try spinnin me?~" she asks.

"Like... you know. They do on TV..." she mutters.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 02:12:32 24840
Serenity notices Kyouko's sudden drift in attention, and she follows her eyes to where the other girl is looking. Oh hoh! And then Kyouko calls the dance beautiful and possibly in that way, and Serenity makes a soft 'huehuehue!'

"What's this, Kyou-kun?"

Does she have devious Shipper eyes going on? Nope! Not her!
Makoto Kino 2016-01-26 02:14:41 24841
The question from Mercury catches Sailor Jupiter off-guard. Her eyes widen in surprise for a moment - and then as she processes it, her smile brightens from lopsided to beaming. "Hey," she protests, "it seemed rude to just sling you around like a sack of flour with no warning!"

And then the light in those green eyes turns playful. "Since you asked, though..."

Skates whoosh over the ice as, still holding onto Sailor Mercury's hands, Jupiter swings around her again like she did earlier, once, twice, around and around--

--and then lets go--

Before momentum can send them sailing apart she's whipped around again to catch Mercury by the waist and lift, effortlessly hoisting the Senshi of Water over her head as she glides along.

Now she's just showing off.
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 02:15:27 24842
Guardian Hino blinks. His eyes roll, but he wathes Shinobu down two glasses of spiked punch. "Wo--woah easy there. I've had my share of spiked bowls before...." he grins sheepishly, rich people parties are weird and entitled. "....and you don't wanna wake up with a headache." he asides.

He does however, help Shinobu up when she falls and takes her hand again. He steps onto the ice-- he put his sakes on already--- and smiles as he helps to steady Shinobu. "Now-- one foot. Over the other. Then. Push gently out." he offers.

"Don't worry, I'll catch you if you fall right now." he smiles.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 02:15:44 24843
    Madoka gets hugged from behind and she momentarily tenses before realizing who it is, instead melting backwards a bit and leaning into Homura's hug with a smile on her face. Food helps make things better, fun helps make things better, and a hug from her best friend is plenty to finish the job! "Thanks, Homura-chan," she offers softly. "I'm going to go skate for a bit, okay? It's my skating party, so it'd be bad if I was neglecting the ice! Come dance with me once you've had something to eat, okay?" It doesn't occur to her right away that she's the reason Homura walked over in the first place.

    As she skates by Mami she smiles and waves, turning around and skating backwards for a few moments, "You're welcome, Mami-san! I'm just happy people are having fun and enjoying themselves!" She tosses a wave to Runealy and Kukai while she's at it, since they're right by Mami for the moment.

    She then notices Homura spiking the punch and giggles to herself. It's actually the first time she's actually happy someone is doing that- maybe it'll help people loosen up and have more fun!
Sayaka Miki 2016-01-26 02:17:11 24844
    Sayaka doesn't seem to mind the cold too much; Either that, or she's moving quickly enough to keep warm. All the same, her leg warmers and cute white mini jacket with the fur hood offer some warmth when she slows down.

    For a moment, she seems distracted as her gaze wanders through the crowds, searching for Kyousuke, but having lost him in the crowds. She sighs, about to head for the punch bowl, when a familiar voice calls out her name. Disappointment is quickly replaced by a happy smile at the sight of Kyouko...And some other girl with her, whose gorgeous dress and long pigtails causes her to stare at her for a moment. Wow, just like a real princess. Sayaka smiles and waves at the pair, trying slowly to make her way over there.

    She's only briefly distracted when Mami calls out to her, and then she spies another, somewhat familiar girl - Mikoto was one of the girls assisting WPS with that witch, wasn't she..? Sayaka smiles and nods to her, having forgotten her name for the life of her. "Oh! Hey again! I remember you..You're one of Miss White's associates..?" To be honest, it was an amicable encounter, although Sayaka's still unsure of how she feels about Miss White.

    Mami is also given a smile and nod, "Mami-san! Good to see you again.." Seems she holds no grudges after the whole Mami-pointing-a-gun-at-Kyouko-thing. Or maybe there are more important things to worry about. "Oh, I wanted to give you something, Kyousuke gave me these concert tickets, but he had tons to spare. After his hands healed, he's already gearing up for another concert. I hope you can make it!" and she hands one expensive looking concert ticket to Mami.
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 02:20:45 24845
"That's possible, too," Hunter agrees, to Orange's words of Tsubasa maybe needing to maintain an image. "I've heard that those idols, their managers or whoever, they control their lives with iron fists at varying degrees of firmness." As for healing quickly? He tilts his head. "It does?" he asks. Pause. "Well... I'm new to this 'magical' business, you see." A smirk. "And there goes my suave," he jokes.

And then Orange is asking for spinning! "You mean like this?" He makes to try to take hold of her hand and raise her arm above her. It's a slow spin he's going for, so as not to make her dizzy or anything.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 02:22:03 24846
Mami leans over to Runealy and, if the other girl doesn't resist, will lock arms with her. "Why don't we skate together, Runealy-san?" she asks, tilting her head. "Kukai can make walk us through it, but I'll help you keep stable."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 02:24:00 24848
    Kyouko blinks, looking at Usagi sideways as the girl makes that disconcerting 'huehuehue' noise. "W-what? What are you talking about? Stop that." She grumps, although her cheeks color slightly in the process.

    Sayaka is coming over though, and she returns the happy smile the blue-haired girl gives her. "Saya-chan, this is.. uh." She flounders for a second, unsure of how she should introduce Usagi. She would just say 'Usagi', but the girl is in Princess Mode, so maybe she should say Princess Serenity? After a brief moment of panick, she settles on, "Mamoru's girlfriend." Hopefully that will get the idea across.

    Sayaka pauses then to speak to Mami and give her a concert ticket, so Kyouko turns her eyes to Mikoto who has skated over in the meantime. "Uh, thanks. Who are you again?" She asks, drawing her brows together, clearly unsure if they've met.
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 02:24:14 24849
Rune heads over to join Kukai, though this is a wobbly and unsteady process of walking on ice and nearly falling a few times, arms windmilling before she regains balance. "R... right, thank you." She has the sense to get off the ice, one foot hopping to avoid depositing it in snow, to work on changing shoes into the skates... then has to really work on it to get the other one on without sitting down in snow either; she's not fond of this idea.

She smiles at the sudden gift from Sayaka. Not that it was offered to Runealy, but the princess looks pleased that Mami is getting something like this. The alien princess doesn't dare to intrude upon it by voicing approval outright, but her face makes it plain... even as arms wind up linking with Mami. "Mm!" A confirming noise. Then, "Alright, we'll try it that way."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 02:24:21 24850
Shinobu carefully makes her way out on the ice. "Don't worry I just needed a little something for when I fall down and break my butt on the ice!" She giggles a little and carefully follows the instruction of Hino. Its not easy. Making it a few feet, she loses it and down she goes right into His arms. "OOps. Umm Sorry?" She blushes looking Hino in the eyes before she carefully tries again.

Much more slowly this time, she looks like a child on the ice as she tries to move. "Maybe I should call my bo to help with balance!" She tries to go a little faster and suddenly has a lot in common with Scooby Doo. Namely her legs spinning in the air.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 02:24:25 24851
    "Um..." Homura raises a finger to protest or correct Madoka... but no, she doesn't really want to cling. Well, she does want to cling, but not... when it doesn't feel right to. If that makes sense.

    "Sure..." she finishes, a little weakly.

    Homura looks over at the food as she puts her flask away. What's the quickest thing to eat? What will get in her way the least? She grabs something bite-sized and noms it down. She considers the spiked punch, but... she's not nearly confident enough in her ice-skating skills to get drunk right now. Dancing with Madoka will be more fun if she's sober, in this particular case.

    Back on the ice, Homura speeds up to chase after Madoka, catching up to her, and turning around to skate backwards as she passes her best friend. Homura's hand reaches out to take Madoka's, lightly. Her grip is a delicate invitation, Homura's middle finger pressing against the inside of Madoka's palm.

    "May I have this dance?" Her tone is more joking than romantic, regardless of what feelings she might be harboring for the girl.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 02:28:26 24852
Mami is waiting for Rune, and then she turns to catch Sayaka, tickets in hand! "Oh! Kamijou-kun is so talented. His music is beautiful." she says with a smile. And then a knowing wink. "And /handsome/." she says, almost lowly and conspiratorially to Sayaka. "Of course I'll come. Will you be there, as well? Can we sit together?"
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-26 02:29:09 24853
Miss Blue was, indeed, 'assisting' with a witch, more than once. "Hello," she offers to Kyouko. "They call me Miss Blue, when I'm in costume. "It seems to be more popular than 'Hey you!', so I decided to go with it."

She shrugs, and reaches up to pet the kitten again. "We almost met at Akemi-san's little conference, but things got a little heated."

Sayaka gets a nod from her, in answer to her question. "Associates is a good enough word for it, I suppose. I know she's had some problems in the past."

And Kyouko's introducing The Princess. So Blue puts on her most courtly, knightly bow. "An honor to meet you, your highness."
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 02:29:32 24854
Guardian Hino catches. Perhaps blushes when eye contact is made, helps Shinobu back to steady. "Take it easy." he says with a smile. "Gently..."

And she's off! Ack! He stays slightly behind. Hino is a generally good skater. He's not special / perfect nor seems particularly home on the ice, but he has his form down pat at least. He's done it before, his posture seems to say.

He sighs and skates up and tries to slow her down. "Easy. Easy. Just rest your legs a moment. Don't try to go too fast."

"Do you think your bo would help you?" he asks softly. "Give it a try." he offers.
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 02:29:40 24855
Kukai Souma follows Rune back over to Mami and links arms with Rune as well on the other side. "OK! Now, and this may be the first time I've said this, but go slow. OK? Don't lift your feet. Slide them along the ice, straight and careful." He looks over at Mami to make sure she's ready and sees Sayaka give her the ticket, grinning at Rune. "Mami's such a popular person."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 02:30:57 24856
She just preens a bit as Kyouko grumps. Huehuehue, indeed!

And then she is (sort of) being introduced, and before she knows it she's in a curtsey. "Pleasure to meet you once again, Sayaka-san."

This time, it's her turn to have the red cheeks. "What am I doing?! I don't know how to curtsey!"
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 02:34:00 24858
Prism Keeper Orange blushes, suave!? for her!? Ohhhh dear. Yeah she's pretty much going to go dizzy from all the blood rushing through her cheeks this evening from various things said to her or happening around her. This is MUCH better than being mopey to her.

She huffs. "Oh, well yeah. We heal a little faster. I find rest helps me. Maybe it'll be it'll be different for you though..." she says softly. "I don't know!" she smiles.

"We're all so different, but sometimes the same, you know?" she asks.

She weeees a bit as she's sent into a spin!~ "Ohh- this is fun!~" she says a little.
Sayaka Miki 2016-01-26 02:36:59 24859
    Sayaka beams at Mami, "You're welcome! And of course! I'm so glad that Kyousuke's able to live his dream again..I cant wait to see him play either!" she blushes a bit as Mami mentions how handsome he is..And then her gaze wanders towards Kyouko and her friend..Oh wait, that's Mamoru's boyfriend?! The clutzy girl she saw with him at that charity gala a while back at the school? Orr...Wait, there was Sailormoon with Tuxedo Mask too, they looked pretty close!

    Sayaka just smiles sheepishly, rubbing her temples as she tries to figure out Mamoru's rather complicated love-life. "Err..Hehe! Nice to meet you. Umm..What is your name again? I thought I saw you once briefly with Mamoru-san at the charity ball.."

    Glancing at Kyouko, she grins, "Love the coat! Where'd you get it from? Heey, I have tickets for you too!" She wonders if she should mention that she invited Mami and Homura too..And decides against it, for now. Mikoto introduces herself that Sayaka nods to her. "Nice to meet you, Miss Blue! I guess we have a pending appointment with Miss White sometime.." We being herself and Kyouko, of course. But she'll discuss that another time.

    When Miss Blue refers to Serenity as 'Your Highness', she gasps, turning to face her a bit uncertainly, wondering if she should be bowing or something, "Err..Your Highness? Are you...A princess then? For real!?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 02:39:12 24860
Rune tries not to get too deep into the conversation with Mami and Sayaka... but she is right there, right next to Mami, and offers a little something to Sayaka about the concert ticket Mami just received: "That's really nice of you!"

Then... Mami and Kukai are getting her ready to skate. "Don't lift my feet, go slow... okay. So... do I just push forward with... my shoulders or something to get started?" She looks puzzled, but curious to learn.
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 02:39:21 24861
Puella Magi Shinobu nods slowly. Using her magic her bow appears in her hands as she extends them. She turns her attention to skating now. Holding the viridian and white bo long ways she uses it to find her center of gravity. Carefully she starts to move.

It is helping her, that is true. Her body is more centered over her feet. "Okay... over, push. Over... Push. Over... Push." She states as she follows this with her feet. "Is this right?" She asks curiously. "Am I getting it Hino-chan?"
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 02:40:51 24862
Kukai Souma points at Rune's hips. "Push off with your legs, like you're sliding your feet across the floor. The skates and ice will do everything else."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 02:43:22 24863
    "Sayaka-chan, I'm glad you could make it! It's good to see you again," Madoka calls out as the blue haired Puella skates past her on her way to Mami. She closes her eyes for a few moments, enjoying the night. Okay, there were some bumps, but now the night is filled with the sound of socializing chatter and music, people having fun on the ice and enjoying themselves. It was exactly what Madoka was hoping for, and the pink haired girl allows herself the chance to soak it all in.

    When she opens her eyes Homura is skating past her backwards and she giggles a little, only to smile more as her hand is taken. As the hand brushes against hers she curls her fingers into Homura's and uses the grip to pull herself closer, giving a light push with one leg to help match speed. She'll let Homura decide how close to dance and what kind of dance to do for the moment; but then she almost always follows the lead of her dancing partners.

    The question draws another giggle from her as well as a faint blush at being teased, "You may," she offers in a quiet voice. "This night wouldn't be complete until I've had at least once dance with you," she adds in a more normal tone.
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 02:45:21 24865
Guardian Hino grins. "That's the idea!" he says to Shinobu. "Careful, and slow." he says.

"At first." he says. "You're doing f----"

Hino-chan. ~~

He blushes, he clears his throat.

"--you're doing fine!" he says. "Now, to turn just.. shift your weight a little to the right. Not too much, A little." he smiles wide at the skaing Puella Magi.
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 02:45:48 24866
Hunter notes the blush and chuckles. But he doesn't bring it up. That would be rude. The mention of rest gets a nod. "Sunlight might help me," he reasons. It makes sense, his magic is all plant-y and nature-y. Maybe. He doesn't know, really.

Orange's delighted squeal gets a smile, and Hunter turns a bit, trying to draw her into a turn. And then another spin, a little faster, since she seemed to like spinning.
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 02:45:59 24867
    Kyouko practically glows as Sayaka says she loves the coat. She isn't used to getting compliments of this kind, and tonight she's gotten them from several people, though Sayaka makes her smile the widest. "Thanks! I kinda like it too." She laughs, and the change in her demeanor with Sayaka's arrival is pretty plain to anyone around who bothers to notice. Much more open and.. well, happy.

    "Usagi brought it back from Paris for me!" She explains, when asked where she got it, gesturing to the Princess next to her.. and then momentarily freezing with an 'oh shit' look on her face as she realizes she may have just given away the other girl's secret identity anyway. Not that she wouldn't tell Sayaka anyway, but she wants to at least try and respect Usagi's preferences in who knows who she is and who doesn't! She does her best to try and turn the gesture into an awkward back scratch.

    She then adds to Mikoto, after hearing her introduction, "Ah.. alright. Yeah.. I guess Miss White does have something to talk to us about." This she seems less happy about, though it doesn't quite spoil her mood at the moment.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 02:46:42 24868
And then Miss Blue is calling her Highness, and then there's a fluster from Sayaka and Kyouko's talking about the coat and there was that darned curtsy and Miss White and--

Serenity flails about, and all but POOFS back into Sailor Moon in a panic. "It's just me! Sailor Moon's fine! It's okay! Hi! Nice to meet you both!"

Then she looks down at her suddenly bare legs. "Huh! I haven't been able to do that before!"
Ami Mizuno 2016-01-26 02:47:26 24869
Sailor Mercury goes flying, and kicks off with her toes into a single twist in mid-air before Jupiter catches her immediately again. "Wheeee," she declares as Jupiter lifts her up over her head. Ami spreads her arms wide, soaring on Jupiter's strong arms.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-26 02:50:32 24870
"Erf, was that supposed to be a secret? Somebody needs to tell me these things!" She sighs and shakes her head. "Sorry, my bad," she offers to Usagi in apology. She isn't the first one to blurt out something she maybe shouldn't have today.

"It -is- a nice coat, yes." She flashes Kyouko one of her little grins, perhaps somewhat rueful over what she said. "Call me 'Miss Blue', please," she offers to both Puella and Senshi.

She isn't going to bring up what she's heard of the history between Kyouko and 'Miss White'. It would spoil the mood. "Well, let me know if you need someone to moderate that little debate, alright?"

And then she turns back to Usagi. "It's good to see you happy, tonight."
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 02:52:53 24872
    MEANWHILE, Greta managed to be sufficiently distracted from being annoyed at this whole Magical Girl Party for the duration of helping Anshi learn to skate, as well as being flustered by being clung to, that she almost very nearly forgot to be mad at this whole scenario.

    It's after a while of laughing a little bit, and telling Anshi, "See? I told you it was easy!" That a trio of voices from her Intelligent device take turns saying "LOOK, SHE MADE A FRIEND." "SHE NEVER SMILES." "CUE THE FLYING DOGS, LITTLE LADY IS SOCIAL."

    At which point Greta finally goes, "Shut up, Tri Soul! Nobody asked for your opinion!"
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 02:53:22 24873
The first thing that Mami actually blushes at is the idea that she might be a 'popular person' - not like that's what she always wanted to be. She's content to help Kukai skate with Rune, but she has to admit, having so many people around who just know who she is? By name? She's doing a good job not crying already. But not tears of sadness, at all.
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 02:56:08 24874
Anshi, for all that she's impressively over-eager and under-trained, isn't actually dumb. Just highly inexperienced at this ice-skating thing. She picks up on it relatively quickly with Greta's help--especially with Greta laughing and smiling. By the time the device starts to chime in with its opinion, Anshi is busy grinning broadly at her new friend. "They're right, though," she says with a smile. "You're having fun. I'm having fun, too. And I think," she notes, "that's all that matters. I mean really, what are we fighting allt hese bad guys for if it's not to have fun? That's why I'm a magical girl: so that everyone around me can still have fun."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 02:56:41 24875
Puella Magi Shinobu nods slowly to Hino. Carefully she starts pushing off on one side more than the other. This does get her to start turning into a wide circle. Its not very good but it does work at least. Then, when she least expects it, she loses her balance. This time she accelerates. She tries her hardest to stop, even tries planting her bo into the ice but... no luck. The bo just slides along with her. And then...

*KER FLUMP!*

Shinobu goes right smack into Hino, knocking him and herself to the ice. She is on top of him as she realizes just how much of a goof she made there. "OH Sorry, Hino-chan." She blushes a little as she looks into his eyes. "Wow... Pretty..." Is the alcohol starting to affect her? "Oh Sorry!" Quickly she scrambles to her feet, nearly falling over again. "I did it!"
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 02:57:38 24876
    "Small warning. I don't exactly know what I'm doing." Homura winks at Madoka. "... but I think I can fake it."

    Homura glides backwards, hand in hand with Madoka. Her invitation accepted, the grasp becomes a little more firm. Homura takes a quick glance behind her, pulling Madoka in so that her free hand can rest on Madoka's opposite shoulder.

    Once she's sure that the space behind her is clear, Homura releases Madoka, changing direction in what is for Homura a sharp 90 degree turn, but for Madoka it's much softer and gentler transition as Homura lets her arm stretch out and slowly guide her partner around and to the front. Homura ends the maneuver skating forward, towards Madoka, free arm wrapping behind her back with Madoka skating backwards.

    "... though in the end, I guess it's just physics."

    While Homura would like to dance this close, she thinks it's probably not that good to stay this way for long on ice. A small adjustment in the angle of her blade spins the two of them around, so that Homura is the one going backwards again. She then releases Madoka, spinning off to the side, taking her hand again so that the two of them are skating side-by-side again.
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 02:58:17 24877
Prism Keeper Orange spin spin spin *spin~*. Indeed, she enjoys it a lot and she doesn't get super dizzy, eventully, she stops and smiles a little. "A--ahahha Dizzy~" she says. "I can stop now~" she beams as she skates to the side of the pond and makes for a bench. "Sittdown?" she asks. She head tilts.

"Well, maybe it might help you then!" she smiles.

She sits there. "Everyone's having a lot of fun, don'tcha think?" she asks with a smile looking at everyone else for a moment.
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 03:00:37 24878
Sailor Moon blinks at Miss White for a moment. "Huh? Me? No! It's fine. A lot of people were there, so, I'm surprised when people don't know. I was just overwhelmed with the curtsey!"

And of course, she notices the brightening in Kyouko's face and laugh. Why, if she had a fan, she would flutter it in front of her face while huehuehueing into the sunset!

(But to do that here, she'd probably get toe stomped, so she just tries to muffle her grin.)

She spreads her arms at Miss Blue. "That's what tonight is all about. Being happy!"
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 03:04:44 24879
Guardian Hino helps Shinobu along, good, good, good and arck!

There's a tumble and the two god sliding across the ice a little bit and Hino lands with a thud. He's not hurt. Luckily- as the knight he's made of tuffstuff.

But he still blushes. Pre-pretty!?

Yeah. Must be the alcholol.

He slowly gets up, and he smiles and gets to his feet, too. A small wince. He's fine. TUFFSTUFF.

"You did!" he smiles. "See, not too hard. Just gotta take it slower. And not be drinking spiked punch." he smirks.
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 03:09:15 24880
Hunter actually chuckles as Orange gets dizzy. And he nods, following her over to a bench as she indicates she'd like to sit a while. And he does indeed sit beside her on the bench. As she points out the others seem to be having fun, he leans forward, propping his elbows on his knees. "They do seem to be," he agrees.

He pauses a moment, looking out over the crowd, before he speaks again. "Coming here was good for me too. I've never seen this many magical people all in one place before. Knowing I wasn't alone. All these people, even if they're great with the magic now... they had to have a learning curve too."
Sayaka Miki 2016-01-26 03:09:25 24882
    Sayaka smiles warmly at Madoka as she sees her skating past, dancing with Homura. Sayaka just smirks a bit at the sight of Homura, starting to wonder if they've become closer than herself and Madoka were. Not that she's jealous, but those two have become quite close. She tries not to stare too much as the two share..Almost a romantic dance together.

     Shaking her head, Sayaka focuses briefly on Mami again, who, along with Kukai is assisting Runealy to learn to skate. She doesn't know the two other people, but clearly it's keeping Mami busy. "Oh! I'm sorry to interrupt you guys! You must be friends of Mami! I'm Sayaka Miki! Nice to meet you!" she grins, yeah, Mami sure is popular! and cool!

    Glancing back at Kyouko, she pauses a moment in confusion as she refers to the 'Princess' as 'Usagi'. Waaait, you mean that clutzy, awkward weirdo..? Is the same as this elegant beautiful princess? Then suddenly! She pooofs into Sailormoon!?!

    "Err...." Sayaka sweatdrops, laughing nervously as she tries to figure this all out. Soooo Usagi=Sailormoon=Princess Serenity!? "It's you, Sailormoon-chan! Nice to meet you again! Wow, so you're really a princess too!? Wow!" Moon-chan sure is cool!

    Finally, Mikoto talks again and Sayaka smiles, "Heh, don't worry, I'll keep the secret. And, we'll be sure to meet with Miss White sometime soon, too!"
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 03:11:52 24883
    "LITTLE LADY NEVER HAS FUN."

    Greta twitches at the device again, "I said nobody asked -you-." She hmphs a bit, before looking back to Anshi, sighing as she tries to get her head straight, "Look, as fun as this is, I really don't think being all clustered up like this is a good idea." She then waves her staff around, "I mean, who's to say a giant monster isn't going to just... I don't know... Pop out of the snow because godrays spike some ice cream and tries to get innocent people, by communicating with Brainfreeze! It could happen!"
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 03:15:05 24885
"It totally could," Anshi agrees to Greta with a grin. She grips the device-user's hand again, then starts to skate towards the side. "C'mon, I need to sit down. My feet are killing me. And I think my left foot is possibly frozen from when it got wet in the snow."

Anshi grins at Greta as she tries to find a place to sit. "Anyways, you're right. That could totally happen. But ... really, can you think of anywhere in the city safer than this? If a big monster does come out, there's like two dozen magical girls all here in henshin ready to beat it back. It would suck. But it'd be better than a monster that size catching any of us alone, right?" Pause. "Speaking of, a monster like that is coming, soon. That's why we're all here. Tomoe-senpai says it's called Wallpurgisnacht, and we're going to need all of us to beat it. I want to give you my phone number, Greta-chan. That way if the monster comes and you're all alone, you can call me, and I'll come help you. Okay?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 03:15:19 24886
"Huh..." Rune sounds unsure, but gives it a try, trying to simply shove with her legs instead of outright lifting one to walk. It's a somewhat unstable thing, but this is what Mami's support is for; slip-ups become "Whoop..." instead of ending 'whoops ow ow ow' as it might otherwise have.

Going slow allows her to also carry on some conversation with Sayaka, returning the introduction with a polite: "That's right. Runealy Waldia, Crown P--" A headshake as she corrects herself to a different title, "Guardian Princess of Waldia. Nice to meet you too! 'Rune' is fine if you prefer, by the way. Mami and I... we work together. Made a promise to stick together and be friends! Though,"

She glances over to her linked-arm pose with Mami, "Right now it looks like we're being literal about that."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 03:16:46 24887
    Kyouko shoots Usagi a look that is apologetic as Sayaka figures pretty much the whole story out, but she's still smiling anyway. "Eh heh.. sorry, hon." She tells Usagi, ducking her head in repentance.

    She looks back to Sayaka. "Hey, Saya-chan, I saw you skating out there. You're really good." She says, grinning. "I knew you could skate, but I had no idea you were that good. Sailor Moon was just going and try to show me how but-"

    Suddenly her phone goes off in her pocket, and she blinks. Pulling it out, she opens it and looks at the screen, then sighs. "Ahh.. work is calling. They need me to come in, and I could really use the cash." She sighs a little bit. "Sorry, I should really go."

    She pauses to take the skates back off. "Thanks anyway, Moon-chan. Maybe you could show me another time." She then casts a glance at Sayaka. "Or you could, Saya-chan, maybe, if you wanted to. I think I'd like to learn."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 03:16:55 24888
Puella Magi Shinobu gives a little stink eye to Hino. "Hey! I'm not nearly as drunk as I think you am!" She states playfully. Shino grabs her bo and goes again. This time she tries to go a little quicker. She skates forward then does something quick. She jumps, turning her body and comes down landing on her blades. She pushes to recollect herself. "Does that count as a turn?"

Quickly she starts going again. Now that she is getting it, She's starting to have some fun. She turns again, this time going toward Hino. She moves towards him and tries to make a sharp turn around him. It works, for the most part. Though she does wind up leaning on the guy.
Ami Mizuno 2016-01-26 03:17:45 24889
Soon enough, Jupiter lowers Mercury back down to the ice, and the pair go spinning off in peals of giggles. "That ... was ridiculous," Ami tells Jupiter with a grin. "And I am now hungry. C'mon, let's go grab a bite to eat."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 03:17:58 24890
Mami can't help but giggle at Rune's joke. "Yeah, Runealy and I have a lot in common." Exactly what that is may be more than both girls know. "You're getting this quickly." she says. "I know one of my friends says skating is a lot like flying, so that makes sense."
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 03:18:41 24891
Prism Keeper Orange beams! "No one's really alone out here and---no one should be! My team-mate, Red... she tried to keep me outta this, knowing that I was a bearer of the Orange Chroma Prism. And she got really sad and upset and I was worried for her and I almost lost her as a friend.. but.."

"When I found out-- she felt a lot better! And she was able to take a break from fighting the Shades!" she beams. "Being alone stinks... you know?" she says silently a little.

"But yeah! There's loooots of others! I know a few... uh, 'types' she says-- like, 'Talking Weapon Users' like you--and--I guess that girl out there?" she says motioning to Greta. "And--- um, Puella Magi and--- I guess now I know about Symphogear users! And---I'm a Prism Keeper and--- I know a magical werewolf! and---" she pauses. "... I think that's all I know but there a LOT of others!" she beams.

"OH! Sailor Senshi! Them!" she says pointing at Mercury and Jupiter.

"Um..." she says.

"Lots.. yea..." she says blushing.

"---H--hey thanks for... dancing with me-- the last dance.. I went to. It wasn't very fun.. you know? Just.. new years alone... n' all that..."
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-26 03:20:17 24892
"I wouldn't know about klutzy," Miss Blue assures Sayaka. "She's certainly been graceful enough tonight. It's enough to make a girl envious."

She turns to Usagi. "Between you, and what those other two are doing," she waves a hand at Mercury and Jupiter, "It's obvious to me that the Senshi Henshin includes some level of figure-skating skill." And she steps into the apparent offered hug, briefly sliding both arms around Usagi while the kitten bats playfully at the blonde's face.

"It was nice meeting you," she offers to Kyouko. "Properly, that is. Maybe we can get together again, and talk about Miss White, and more pleasant things?"
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 03:21:19 24894
    "I trust you," Madoka replies instinctively, giggling playfully at the wink. She follows Homura's lead, taking hold of her hand, setting her other at her friend's waist since Homura's arm is already high.

    Then Homura is turning and Madoka is swung about, her face a mix of concentration and glee as she's guided around, having played on the ice enough and practiced normal dancing enough to be able to follow along without falling down in a tangle of limbs. She giggles and places her hand up on Homura's shoulder when they come back together.

    "I think I might enjoy physics if this is how it's taught," the twintailed girl tells Homura with a bright smile.

    She nestles in close for the moment they're near, clinging a little as they spin with a happy squeal before Homura detaches and skates alongside her. "That was a lot of fun! You must have practiced that a little, or at least looked it up. Thank you!"

    She skates normally alongside Homura while they're into a more populated area of the pond, but once they're back in more open space she smiles, "Let me try something, okay?"

    Taking it for granted that Homura will go along with what she wants she skates a bit closer and reaches over to take Homura's other hand in hers as well. Then with a slightly nervous giggle- she's not sure if what she's going to do will work, turns one of her feet sideways and grinds it in the ice, slowing herself down dramatically. Homura keeps going, and Madoka pulls with her further arm, and the momentum swings them both sideways, pulling them both into spin around each other, centered on their held hands. "Whee!"
Sayaka Miki 2016-01-26 03:22:03 24895
    "Wow, you're a princess too? That's so amazing! I didnt think Princesses still existed..." Oh wait..Is this the princess that Hinote-kun was talking about? The alien princess? But she's very pretty - for an alien! "Oh! Yes, I remember now..Hinote-san spoke of you before..You must be a long way from home! Well that's good. Mami-san's the best at what she does!" Speaking of, she peers around and notices Hinote and Shinobu skating together and looking cozy. She grins and waves at them, before Kyouko catches her attention again.

    Smile quickly fades as Kyouko says she has to go. "Aww..Really? THat sucks..Well..I'll hold you to that promise!" well maybe Serenity will keep her company for a bit as others go off to skate!
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 03:23:34 24896
Guardian Hino grins. "That's the ticket..." he says glancing over at Runealy and Mami and friends, he smiles a bit, before turning back to Shinobu. He perks a brow and grins--he lets himself get leaned on. He's good for leaning.

"You got it, Shinobu!" he says. "Just like that!"

"You'll get it just fine!"
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 03:28:59 24899
    Greta listens as she gets off the ice alongside Anshi. Normally such an ominous name for such an event might be intimidating enough, but then again, Greta is fluent in German, so she actually knows what the name means. "'Walpurgisnacht'? 'The Witch's Night'? That sounds pretty scary..." She hmms a little, "Number trade? I-I don't know... I mean... I've done pretty well on my own so far--"

    Once again Tri Soul cuts in, "YOU NEED TO MAKE ALLIES." "WHEN THE HEARTS OF HUMANITY UNITE, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!"

    Greta glares at the device again, "You keep saying that! What's that even mean."
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 03:29:31 24900
Hunter nods at the mention of the relative stenchitude of being alone. He knows that one. Still feels gilty about having inflicted it on someone that was supposed to be his friend. "I ended up leaving a friend alone for a long time, when she needed me," he admits. "It was mean of me... but we made up recently."

He goes quiet as Orange starts naming off kinds of magical people. He's never heard of any of them before. But that's likely the point. In fact, he offers, "The talking weapons are called 'Devices'." A look at Greta. "Some are more talkative than others, I guess." A smirk.

And then Orange mentions her New Year's experience. That gets a frown. "I'm sorry to hear that," he notes. "Being alone at a dance is... well, I can't think of a whole lot of things worse than that. None that don't get into serious injury."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 03:29:51 24901
"Oh," Anshi says, eyes widening, "No no, I didn't mean you have to give me your number. I mean you can if you want to," she says, then grins at the device. "I just wanted to give you mine. You can stay on your own all you want, but ... think of me as a contingency. You know. If you want it. Or just a friend if you want to hang out and do something."
Usagi Tsukino 2016-01-26 03:30:49 24902
Her shoulders droop as Kyouko says she's being called in to work. "Okay." A quick hug! "Be safe, Kyou-kun! And that's okay."

She gives a slight blush to Sayaka. "No one's more surprised than I am!"

She giggles a bit at Miss Blue. "Noooo. Jupiter and Mercury are just amazing at ice skating. I stink! Serenity snuck out because she was annoyed with all the bruises I was getting." Hugs are so nice! "Eeee, kitty!"

But wait! What's this!

"Oh! Speaking of! I need to go catch up with them! It was nice seeing you all!"

And then she's racing after Mercury and Jupiter!

WAIT!

QUICK hug to Madoka! "Thank you thank you for this I had so much fun!"

And then, she's pouncing Jupiter and Mercury, hugging them both as they leave. "I heard dinner! You two are amaaaaaazing, I wish I didn't have to have to get all princessy to skate, hey what are we eating--"

And Moon's out!
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 03:33:00 24903
"Well, I can't fly... but I can jump pretty well," Rune offers to Mami's advice. "We'll see how it go-ooo...!" Another near-slip, before she stabilizes. "Think the basic idea's sinking in though," she gives a quick smile to Kukai. "Thank you."

Then to Sayaka, "You've heard of me? Yeah... we're really, really far from home. Might not /have/ a home if not for people here though, so we're sticking around to help out. It'd be really sick of us to accept Tokyo's help saving everything we care about, then just run away from what's coming up."
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 03:33:33 24904
Kukai Souma is busy helping make sure Runealy and Mami both can stay on their skates, trying to follow the conversations and trying not to gawk at the word 'princess' like a rube. Nope, just a normal guy, helping some girls skate, despite Daichi tagging along besides his head and helping him stay aware of things. "No problem! You're doing fine. Going slow isn't as fun as going fast, but if you don't go slow, you can't go fast."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 03:34:44 24905
Puella Magi Shinobu gives a little wave to Sayaka as she takes Hino by the hand. "We are supposed to dance right?" She asks him softly. She skates along with him, carefully. "You know this is really nice. Just gliding along on the ice. It doesn't even feel that cold." That is probably whatever Homura dumped in the punch.

She slips a little but she does manage to get herself going again. Finally she feels confident enough to make her bo vanish. She simply smiles as she goes. "Thank you for inviting me."
Kyouko Sakura 2016-01-26 03:34:52 24906
    Kyouko shrugs her shoulders as she sees Sayaka's smile fade at her announcement that she has to leave. She reaches out and lightly squeezes the blue-haired girl's shoulder in an affectionate gesture. No hugs here, but neither of them are exactly the most huggy, not like the pink-haired hug-machine over there on the ice. "I will. Promise. And we're patrolling later tonight, right? Text me."

    She then grins to Usagi.. who /does/ hug her, because sorry, if Madoka is a hug-machine, Usagi is the hug-factory. Kyouko squeezes her breifly, then lets her go as she turns to head off. "I will. See you soon." She gives Mikoto a nod as well, and then turns, hands shoved back in pockets, to trudge away from the party and back to real life. For a while, at least.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 03:36:50 24907
    "I might have~." Homura's tone is mysterious and playful. "I wouldn't be able to really mix dancing with skating unless I was able to find some amount of overlap. Though I will say..." She leans in, closer to Madoka saying quietly, "... this is quite the busy dancefloor."

    The two of them skate through a more crowded part of the rink, and Homura doesn't try anything abnormal. She'd already be testing her own limits as well as Madoka's, and while Homura's sure she could take a hit she doesn't want to ruin anyone's day. Especially not her best friend's.

    As Madoka asks Homura if she can try something, Homura responds, "Please! Do whatever you'd like!"

    Madoka takes her other hand, and Homura follows her lead. When Homura swings around from the momentum, she gets what Madoka is going for. She giggles loudly as Madoka goes 'Whee!'. "Speaking of physics, want to see conservation of angular momentum? Angular momentum is partially based upon distance away from the center... Which means if we move closer together."

    Homura pulls her arms back, pulling Madoka closer to her, wrapping one arm around her. As she moves closer, the two of them spin even faster. This is a trick she could've seen on TV, really. Even if she didn't have her own studies to inform her.
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 03:38:33 24908
    Greta blinks a little in confusion at Anshi, "What? Why else would I give you my--" And then it hits her, and she turns red, "AH! Nonono! I just meant---YEAH! I meant as a contingency, and so you'd know it was me calling! Because you've have to save my number, you know?! AHAHAHAHA!" Now SHE's all flustered, more so than before up until now.
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 03:42:00 24911
Prism Keeper Orange smiles at Hunter. "It's okay. It was just bad because I had to find out the guy I liked was taken the hard way- and my koi were just making it worse, with giving him the stink eye n' he can see them because he's magic too and I had to lie n' stuff about it..."

She sighs.

"Aha--sorry! I shouldn't talk about that..." she smiles.

"Tonight was fun and that's all that matters right now!" she says with wide sparkle eyes.

"Hey.. um. Do you have some way to contact you?" she asks silently...

Oh then Greta begins yelling about phone numbers.

Then she blushes again.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-26 03:42:18 24912
Miss Blue offers a friendly wave to Sailor Moon and Kyouko as the two depart, then to Shinobu as she passes. "Well, it's good to see you again," she offers Sayaka, skating along.

"And hello, again," she adds as she sees the bluenette talking to Runealy. Hearing her called 'princess', she repeats her bow. "I'm sorry I missed out on that, it must have been quite the fight. Saving a whole world, and all that."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 03:42:34 24914
Anshi blinks a little at Greta's minor flail, then reaches up to touch the mage in the forehead with a single pointed finger. "Hey, it's okay," she says, then grabs Greta's hand in both of her own. "There's nothing wrong with being friends. But I can tell you're nervous, so don't stress about it. No strings, no obligations."

Anshi raises her hand, and a small metal rod appears in it. She inspects the rod thoughtfully, then offers it to Greta. "I don't have paper or pen on me, but this has my name and phone number." The rod isn't too heavy; it's about the size of a writing pen, and weighs twice as much. "Tomoe-senpai got me the phone. As long as she keeps sponsoring me as her partner, I should be reachable. And if I ever have to change numbers, I'll contact you and let you know in advance."
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 03:44:04 24916
Guardian Hino grins. "Can't dance on ice if you don't know how first." he says as he takes Shinobu's hand gently.

He winks as he skates off. He's just glad that Shinobu seems to be enjoying herself now. Maybe it's whatever Homura put in the punch, too. No matter. She'll be fine.

He just needs to be careful.

"So..." he asks with a grin.

"Your mom and dad ever stop looking for me to eat my head off?~" he asks teasingly.
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 03:47:41 24917
"Your koi?" Hunter inquires. A pause. "Ah. Yes, I'd... noticed them. I didn't want to say anything since you didn't draw attention to them." Not that they weren't drawing attention to themselves, mind...

And then Orange asks for contact means. Greta's minor freakout gives him a moment to think, try figure out what to tell her. Might as well be the truth. "I only have my civilian phone for that yet," he replies. "I'm not sure I'm ready to tell everyone yet. I'm not sure how all this works, and for all I know it'll all disappear."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 03:48:51 24919
Mami looks at Rune and Kukai again. "We should really spend more time together... I'm having a lot of fun." she says, matching Rune's speed - she's not exactly the most coordinated on the ice yet either, and her earlier fall was so unelegant.

"And Souma-kun, thank you, even if you were later than I expected. I'm glad you came, too."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 03:52:47 24920
    Madoka smiles happily as Homura one ups even her thoughts on how she might respond. She also catches on to what she intends so quickly that it all goes much more smoothly than it might otherwise have. Her head nods quickly when Homura mentions more physics things. Her smile brightens as they spin faster while drawing together, pulling with her own arms as she starts to get the idea what's happening.

    Then when they're close she goes a step further and wraps both of her arms around Homura, hugging close to her friend. She giggles wildly for a few moments because of how fast the world is spinning around them. She looks up into Homura's eyes for a moment and smiles brightly- only to quickly look away when seeing something steady while the world spins induces a bit of vertigo. "I knew you could control the speed of a spin with your arms, but I didn't realize we could spin so fast like this!"

    Her giggle gets a bit silly and she notes, "Homura-chan, once we stop spinning you're going to have to either keep me from falling over. Or we could just stay like this until my head stops spinning!" She tightens the hug for a moment, "I think I like angular momentum."
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 03:53:44 24921
Kukai Souma nods. "Thank you for the invitation, Mami-chan! I didn't even know something was going on until I got your message but this has been fun. It's nice to finally get to talk to the new people in town without fighting all the time or backing up Amu-chan."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 03:55:57 24923
Puella Magi Shinobu laughs a little. "Yes they have cooled down. I told them that I was feeling ill and you were walking me home. That we stopped for ice cream. They calmed down and went home. It was pretty funny though!" She giggles and continues skating

Then she hears Mami. She turns and spies the yellow clad woman and she gives a wave. "Hello Mami-san, Good to see you!" No pun intended.
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 03:56:16 24925
    Greta gets 'beeped' on the forehead, and then hands held, as more of her face just reddens up, and there's actually a bit of wateriness in her eyes. The reassurance though that it's okay to make friends prompts her to open up, "I... I don't know... My dad's work has always made me move..." THERE is the source of her fears.

    Upon recieving the rod with the contact info, Greta blinks at it, and rubs her eyes dry, "Right.... Okay." She looks at the thing, and huh, "That was a diffferent kind of magic from mine..."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 03:56:45 24926
Mami stops at being called 'Mami-chan' - because that is NOT something she hears. Ever. "Souma-kun?!" she asks, and that flush is definantly there. She would slow down, but she's also aware if she did, there would be a hillarious collapse of the three of them.

But she's managing to peer her head around Rune, giving him a somewhat confused, somewhat flustered look. And that's still probably not making it any easier for Rune to skate. "Souma-kun, don't you think that's a little forward?"
Runealy Waldia 2016-01-26 03:57:40 24927
Rune blinks several times at Kukai's advice. Something about it has clearly hit a nerve, but it mostly serves to make her more quiet instead of angry. She gets over it quickly though and admits: "That's actually pretty good... you're right. Thank you!" Then to 'Blue', "It was, but I wouldn't know if anyone 'missed out.' Someone had to stay here in case other monsters made their moves."

Mami's suggestion is met with a single, sharp nod. "We'll do that. And..." She quiets down as the conversation seems to turn a bit flustered, opting to just skate along for now. Still clumsy, but with the help on hand she's avoiding any disastrous falls.
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 03:58:04 24928
"Oh, moving," Anshi says, eyes wide. "Oh man, that ... I totally understand that one, Greta-chan," she says, then reaches up to hug Greta tight. "Look, even if you wind up moving, phone numbers are good. We can talk on the phone if you're out of reach. And if you get to come back to Tokyo sometime, well, I'll still be here, I'm sure."
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 03:58:47 24929
Kukai Souma blinks, and then there's that roguish, infectious charm and slightly fanged grin (and maybe even the pointed nose) the Jack is famous for. "What, really? I call all my friends the same thing, and you're a friend of mine, yeah? So don't worry about it! You are such a worrywart, did you know that? You're going to have wrinkles all over your face at this rate."
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 04:03:39 24931
Guardian Hino grins a little. "Ah! Good. Okay so hopefully they don't hold it against me next time they show up.--- next time my dad's back in town, I'll have to introduce you to my family." he says softly. "Dad's a little quirky. Mom's a little stern. You'll do fine." he winks.

He looks over to Mami with a soft and polite nod and a smile. "Hello, Tomoe-san, how are you?" he asks softly.
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 04:05:13 24933
Prism Keeper Orange nods. "That's alright..." she says, not quite disheartened, not sad-- really neutral. Instead she snaps her finger and a koi swims around from behind her, deposits a slip of paper into her hand from it's mouth, then circles back around and dissapears.

She offers the paper with a smile. "If you ever wanna talk or--- need help!" she beams. "You can call me and---" she offers.

"You should get a second phone. I find having one for magical stuff is best." she says.

"Like-- nothing special. Like a prepaid cheapy works really well!" she nods matter of factly.

She smiles some!

"I dun't think this all goes away THAT easily..." she says.
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 04:06:10 24934
    Now it's hugs! Greta doesn't know what to do about hugs! Greta freezes in place trying to figure out what to do about this, predicament that Anshi has put her in by simply wrapping her arms around her and squeezing! It feels... Nice... So Greta finally reciprocates the hug, closing her eyes and nodding, trying to keep herself from tearing up too much, "OKay."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 04:07:37 24936
Rune heads off, leaving the two of them there. And so Mami skates near a corner - she's not about to make the same mistake twice - and stomps a skate into the ice while leaning on a nearby tree. So she doesn't fall, but can still huff. And then she even - oh so unladylike - points an accusing finger at Kukai. "Well, just because I invited you to a dance doesn't mean you know me as well as your friends, Souma-Kun!"

"You'll have to get to know me a lot better than that before I let you be so familiar with me." she says, crossing her arms over her chest. And looking away.
Mikoto Nakajima 2016-01-26 04:09:52 24938
Miss Blue has spent a few minutes skating randomly about the ice as the crowd thins out, and is finally getting bored with it. So she heads over towards the food, pausing briefly to catch a glimpse of Kukai and Mami, briefly remarking to herself - and her kitten - on the presence of a Guaridan Character. It's an interesting bit of trivia, to her, for now. Much less important than snacks after all that skating.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 04:10:01 24939
    Homura giggles along with Madoka as the two of them spin rapidly. Homura responds to Madoka's hugging by wrapping her free arm around the other girl. They're spinning a lot faster than they probably should, considering their relative level of experience, but they should be fine unless something comes along to interrupt them.

    Homura keeps giggling as she says, "We can avoid dizziness if we stop slowly enough. I think."

    Homura turns one of her skates slightly askew, adding just the tiniest amount of drag. Even ice isn't completely frictionless, so they will slow down on their own eventually. Even so, it's something that Homura takes slowly. This may not be the kind of graceful dance one would see between two highly skilled partners, but it's certainly a silly and fun dance between two close friends.

    Though even Homura's head is swimming a little as she clings to Madoka, and while she might be able to fix that with her Soul Gem, she chooses not to. Holding Madoka close, she keeps giggling. "Well that was fun. Should we try it again?"
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 04:10:29 24940
Anshi lets the hug continue just a little longer, then backs away and smiles at Greta. "And honestly, how could I not be your friend? You caught me when I fell, helped me back up, and taught me to ice skate. That makes you an amazing person. Than you, Greta-chan," she says, then leans down to start unlacing her borrowed skates. "Hey, do you like punch? I'm gonna go get some in a sec, here. I can get some fo ryou if you want." She sets the skates aside and switches to her canvas sneakers (those will be useless in this snow).
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 04:12:33 24942
Shinobu smiles, "Does this mean we are officially seeing each other? If we are getting to meet each other's parents!" She giggles a little bit. "Hey at least I know that my belongings are safe are safe when I go to your place. I can't promise you that when we go to my parents house! I'm amazed my dad hasn't tried to steal my ring yet just to find its value!"

She smiles and looks over to the rather upset looking Mami. "Hmm. Lets go over and see if she's alright." She whispers to Hino as she starts skating towards Mami.
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 04:15:15 24943
Hunter accepts the paper, looks at what's on it. Presumably a number. He looks up, though, and nods when she mentions a second phone. "That's a good idea. Those prepaid phones are easy to buy, and no one asks questions," he agrees.

And at the words of not going away that easily? "Despite some that may want it to?" he notes. The raised brow can't be seen, but the upward lilt at the end of his voice is audible.
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 04:17:47 24945
    It takes a little bit for Greta to at the very least get her head re-sorted, having achieved a little bit of catharsis, Greta nods a little and takes a moment to tell her device, "Skates off." And with a pop of magic, she's in regular shoes again, and walking alongside Anshi, "I guess I can go for some punch, sure."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 04:19:07 24946
Anshi heads with Greta towards the punch bowls, then eyes the two uncertainly. "I ... have a strong suspicion we want the one that does not have the golden spike," she notes, then moves to ladel herself some of the unspiked punch. But then she offers the first cup to Greta, and ladels herself a second cup. "So what does your dad do that has you moving so much?" asks the Puella curiously.
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 04:19:16 24947
Guardian Hino nods. "I have a feeling you shouldn't let that happen." he says. "That, and you shouldn't let your dad boss you around, considering." he says.

He smiles a bit. "Seeing each other? Maybe after I finally take you to that date." he winks coyly- maybe an answer, maybe a non-answer. "-or maybe we already are. Or perhaps--- well. Perhaps I am a giant tease." he grins.

He looks over to Mami, and walks along with Shinobu toward's that direction. "..alright then!" he says.
Sayaka Miki 2016-01-26 04:19:37 24948
    Sayaka nods and smiles to Kyouko as she promises to patrol later..Sounds fun! Who knows how late that will be though? Not that Sayaka minds waiting up for her, even if she wishes her supermarket wasnt 24Hr and all!

    Then suddenly Usagi/Serenity/Sailormoon-chan's dashing off to catch up to her guardians. Sayaka just smiles and waves to her, not having a chance to really talk to her about something she'd been meaning to ask her for a while.

    Mami-san's busy giving Princess Runealy skating lessons, and Madoka's getting all cozy skating with Homura. Again Sayaka's gaze drifts towards the perimet of the rink..Towards Kyousuke, who is momentarily parted from Hitomi. With a shy smile, Sayaka begins to skate towards him, heart pumping madly as she prepares to ask him for a romantic dance on the ice..
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 04:20:19 24950
Prism Keeper Orange shakes her head. "Not that easy.. I guess. I mean."

"Do you want it gone Hunter?" she asks curiously. "How'd you come across your powers?..." she asks curiously. "Mine is.. well it's a long story! Literarly." she smiles a little, widely.
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 04:20:29 24951
Kukai Souma watches Mami for a long moment, eyes on that pointed finger, and then stands up straight, one spiky sprig of hair pointing almost straight up at this point. He looks over at Daichi.
Daichi backs away a little and shrugs. "I think you made her mad, Kukai."
Kukai suddenly laughs and then holds out both hands, hands up in a placating motion. "Iiyaah, don't be like that. Gomen. I'll be a better friend to you and then try again. How does that sound? If that's not good enough I'll... I don't know. Buy you an ice cream or something."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 04:23:10 24953
    Madoka tries to control her giggling a bit as her head swims in the mixed dizziness and fuzziness of being close to her friend. Unfortunately since the spinning continues the dizziness eventually gets the upper hand. Madoka leans against Homura for a bit of extra support as well, and it's probably a good thing her friend is able to slow them down since right now since moving her feet might result in a tumble.

    Once the spinning slows down she recovers quickly enough. "I think we could have slowed down by moving apart too but," she doesn't complete that thought since the implication is obvious enough. She likes hugging her friend! She has become quite the hug-machine lately, as Kyouko observed, even if she isn't quite so keen on hugging people she doesn't know very well like Usagi.

    She nods her head to Homura, looking up to her now that her balance back. "Yes! It was a lot of fun." She looks about the pond for a moment, "It's starting to get less crowded and a bit more cozy too," she notes with a smile.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 04:28:18 24954
Luckily, for Kukai, it's very hard for Mami to stay mad at anyone she finds so bright and cheery. And there's a very real reason for her reaction - because she the last time she'd been called Mami-chan with regularity was by her mother.

"Well, it's fine now. As long as you know. Tomoe-san, Mami-san - they're fine." she says, turning back to face him. "I don't think you meant anything by it, anyways." Right?
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 04:30:43 24957
Kukai Souma nods and grins. "OK Mami-san. I'll remember. Now, do you need some help to get loose? I think your skate is stuck."
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 04:31:36 24958
"Well... I don't know yet," Hunter replies. "I'm still trying to think about what it all means." As for how he got his powers? "Mine is a painfully short and disappointing story. I literally tripped over Anthy while visiting my friend."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 04:32:55 24960
Puella Magi Shinobu finishes the skate over to the corner where the annoyed looking Mami is standing. She gives a polite bow and then... *PLUNK!* Down on the ice she goes. "Oww." She carefully gets to her feet. "Umm... Sorry. I was hoping to meet you again. Things have sorta gone crazy..."

She turns to Hino and smiles to him softly. "Really crazy."
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 04:34:45 24962
    "He's got just some sort of... Company management job..." Greta replies, hmphing a little as she takes the cup of punch, and sips on it, "Can't really think of anything,... I don't really know much of what he actually does." She drinks it down and then without thinking about it reaches to the ladel of the spiked bowl and pours herself some of THAT, and says, "Now it's taken him here to Japan, so I'm here for now." With that, she drains that second, spiked cup.
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 04:36:01 24964
"Whoa, Wa--" Anshi starts to reach out and stop Greta, then grimaces. "Oh dear," she mumbles. "Uhm. Greta-chan, have you ever had alcohol before?"
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 04:39:12 24967
Prism Keeper Orange hehs. "Mine is more intresting... herm..." she says. "Me and-- my friends used to play a magical girl game-- not like a video game- like-- make belive..." she mutters with a blush. "But then the game became real--- so, that's where I'm at." she says softly.

"Griselda wants to drain the color from the world so-- I gotta stop it- I gotta fight the Shades because--if I don't. They'll win- and-- the world will become-- grey and depressing and drained of energy..." she says softly as she sighs.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 04:40:24 24968
    Homura smiles, holding Madoka close. Homura does provide stability, even though she's a bit dizzyheaded for the moment. "I thought about that, but I didn't want to... I didn't think you'd want to either." Homura has to wait a bit before she regains her sense of balance. Since she isn't using magic to aid her, she assumes that Madoka takes roughly the same amount of time to recover.

    After Madoka's comment, Homura takes in her surroundings again. "You're right. A lot of people have cleared out. Wasn't Miki-san here just a bit ago?" She could've sworn she saw her before the two of them went into a spin.

    Homura turns her attention back to Madoka with a smile. "This turned out wonderfully, didn't it? I know I'm really enjoying spending this time with you, Madoka-chan. Let's enjoy it while we can, shall we?"

    Homura pulls away from the hug, sliding her fingers down Madoka's arms to gently take her hands. Then she releases one hand and turns to the side, skating forward and pulling Madoka along with her. Assuming Madoka goes along with her, Homura starts to build up more speed. "We'll need a bit of speed, first!"
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 04:40:28 24969
Guardian Hino looks to Shinobu as she looks between her and Mami.

He winces and helps Shinobu up if she'll let him. He looks back to Mami, he whispers over to Shinobu. 'Looks like a small personal spat is all...'. He says softly to her.
Greta Legend 2016-01-26 04:45:44 24971
    "Alcoh---?" Greta gets that one word of her mouth, before she realizes that that punch tasted way different, and it hits her pretty quick, "Ohh..."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 04:46:39 24972
Mami looks down at her shoe. It's stuck. But she's not going to let him have one that easily. "I'm fine, Souma-Kun" she says, before a burst of bright yellow magic and flowers causes her to henshin - which has the associated effect of getting well and proper rid of her skates - and getting her free of the ice. And now she's up in that three she was in, leaning down. "See? I'm fine." she says with a grin that might match Kukai's own, up in the tree like this.

Then she tilts her head."Oh, Kimura-san. How are you. I heard your radio broadcast you know." she adds. She doesn't get much deeper than that, though - just resting up here, legs dangling off the tree branch, now in full henshin.
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 04:52:11 24973
Hunter tilts his head, listens to Orange's story. "Oh dear. You have an endboss, do you?" he comments when she finishes. Though he also smiles. "Maybe it's because you believed in it enough. That's why it became real. It was real to you, so your belief made it magical."
Sachiko Hayakawa 2016-01-26 04:52:54 24974
Anshi grimaces and reaches up to rub Greta's back. "Ahehhhh, uh. Well," she says with a grin. "I'll stay with you until it's out of your system, I guess. You should have more of the good punch," she points to the one without the alcohol.
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 04:53:24 24975
Kukai Souma shields his eyes at the burst of light, leaning back, and then looks up into the tree to see Mami sitting there, grinning back down at him. "Ah, good, you did it. Awesome." He grins back, then looks around for a moment, having obviously lost the argument, but not wanting to actually say it. "...Punch?"
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 04:56:58 24977
    "You were right," Madoka says with a smile, hugging close to Homura. "Mmm, hugs are warm," she notes, letting out a soft sigh and snuggling a bit closer. It wasn't an excuse- it actually is fairly cold out and hugs really are quite warm, and warmer the closer you get!

    Okay, maybe it was half excuse, but it's good enough.

    "Did Sayaka-chan leave already? I guess she must have already had enough fun skating on her own. She's really good, isn't she?" She smiles happily then and nods, "It really has! It's been better than I could have imagined. I'm a little sad Endymion-kun didn't come, but maybe that would have just caused more trouble." It did come a bit close once, after all.

    She lets go of Homura with her arms and squeezes onto her hand when their hands meet, leaning forward and doing her best to keep up with Homura's acceleration, though holding hands makes that a lot easier since all it takes is a pull of her arm to draw her closer. "Okay! Tell me when we're going fast enough!"

    After a moment she looks towards Homura, her pigtails fluttering wildly in the air, her skirt flapping behind her and pressed against her legs in front, "Flying is very fun, but in a way this is even more fun, Homura-chan, because it's something I can do right alongside you! Something we can do together."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 04:57:12 24978
Puella Magi Shinobu smiles softly as she looks up at Mami. She laughs a little. "So... I was told I should get in touch with you by a mutual, I wanna say friend but really she's more of an acquaintence considering how much I butt heads with her, Sailor V? She suggested I get in touch with you for umm... guidance. I am really new to all of this as I made perfectly clear tonight."

She blushes a little bit and lets out a soft sigh. "Hino-chan here has been helping me a lot since everything happened. I'm still learning though. Any hope for that sort of thing?"
Reiko Touyama 2016-01-26 04:58:43 24981
Prism Keeper Orange shrugs. "Maybe... I'm an artist, I drew----" she motions to herself. "---all this, and--- all the things. And Red, my friend, wrote the story. It was just weird waking up one day and-- everything you drew is real." she says with a shrug. "I'll be okay." she says softly.

She smiles and grins. "I should get home now though... call me if you ever need to talk or... just to bug me!" she smiles wide.

And then she begins to take off on those little butterfly wings. "Have a good night and--um..."

She blushes again. "T..thanks again!, Hunter!" she beams.
Haru Zinoro 2016-01-26 05:00:48 24983
Hunter nods, with a smile. "It was good to meet you again," he says in return. "Take care of yourself." The thanks gets a chuckle. "The dance? My pleasure." He watches as Orange zips away. And then realizes he still has skate shoes. And really hopes Anthy can fix it.
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 05:04:15 24984
Guardian Hino smiles softly at Shinobu and nods matter of factly. "Been doing my best." he says softly.

"Gotta help where I'm able, afterall." he insists.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 05:05:49 24985
Mami laughs a little bit. Okay, it's more of a giggle. "Sure, I'd love some punch, Souma-kun." she says, but she doesn't look like she's getting off the tree. "Oh, the kind with the big sign that says 'please don't give me a hangover in the morning' if you please."

Then, she turns to Shinobu. "Yeah, V-chan can be a bit of a troublemaker. She butts a lot of heads. I think she means well, though. Just in her own way. Anyways!" she says, dramatically. "If you need help I'm happy to give it to you. You're new to this whole thing, right?" Mami is, for some reason, acting a little differently than usual. Did she have any of the other punch herself when nobody was looking? "Do you want a rundown? A lot of our resources are devoted to Walpurgisnacht, right now. But there's still other nasties out there."
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 05:13:01 24989
Kukai Souma grins, thumbs up. "Comin' right up!" He turns and skates - wow, he's fast on those things - over to closer to where the bowl is, then switches back to his normal shoes and gets them both a cup of punch from the not-spiked bowl. Just to be sure, he takes a sip from his cup, testing it for alcohol, before refilling it. For just a moment, he stops, thinking about something, but then turns and walks back along the edge of the pond, back towards where Mami and Shinobu are talking.
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 05:14:21 24990
Puella Magi Shinobu smiles a little and nods. "I think I need to sit down for it though. My head is spinning." She blushes a little and plops to the ground. The alcohol is hitting her for sure now. "I've been going out on my own. Madoka-chan helped me to learn to use my gem to find witches. I've killed a couple and got into a fight with some jerk who tore into my side with dark energy. I thought I could deflect it all but yeesh that hurt."

Shinobu turns her attention to Hinote and smiles a little. "Could you grab me some water please? I umm... I didn't think that stuff was this strong. Everythingsh Shpinny!"
Hinote Kagari 2016-01-26 05:18:42 24992
Guardian Hino nods and goes off to fetch water. He fetches that. Along with a cup of untainted punch.

Yeah he's not getting drunk tonight because that makes bad choices happen.

He returns and offers the bottle of water.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 05:20:50 24995
Mami nods a bit, but then slides off the tree branch down to the ground and sits next to the now sitting Shinobu. "You need to be careful with your magic." Mami says, sternly. She's gone very much Senpai now. "You're... we're not like the other people here. Puella Magi... we have to ration our magic. If you get in fights needlessly... you're putting your very life at risk. And..." she takes a deep breath. The truth she's about to speak is still hard for her to truly accept, too. "... you're going to kill yourself if you run around trying to do everything yourself. Especially fighting someone like that. That dark magic, it takes a toll on Puella Magi like nothing else. I'm sure you felt it. It goes right to your magical reserves, pollutes your soul gem. Someone like that is extra dangerous to someone like your or I."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 05:30:55 24997
Puella Magi Shinobu nods slowly and listens carefully. "Mami-Sempai, It'sh just, Really hard not to not get involved in things. The fight with that jerk, He created a labyrinth and was targeting Homu-chan. I couldn't do nothing. I went after him because I know how to fight and that combined with my magic. I hoped if I could beat him, the whole thing would shtop and no one would get hurt."

Shino smiles to Hinote and accepts the water. "Thank you Hino-chan." She cracks the bottle open and takes a long sip. "Mmmmmm That helpsh."
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 05:31:17 24998
    "Hugs are very warm. Maybe we can hug some after this?" Homura isn't kidding. She's having flashbacks to the time when Madoka didn't want to stop hugging even though it got really cold. Maybe Homura shouldn't have been so quick to move inside.

    "She was good, yes! I was watching her. Apparently she was with Kyouko-san. Maybe there's hope for them yet, the way they were looking at each other."

    Endymion's mention causes Homura's smile to falter, and she shrugs helplessly. "It wasn't business-related enough, I guess. I was, admittedly, hoping to try to get him to dance with Princess Serenity, but it just didn't happen."

    Something we can do together. Homura's smile is restored. "I agree. It's nice when both of us can do it, isn't it? We don't need magic to have fun."

    When they've hit a speed that feels right, Homura does a quick turn around, arm loose so as to not pull on Madoka at all, and skates backwards long enough to grab Madoka's other hand. "Ready? Here we go!"

    Homura initiates it this time, turning hard and pulling Madoka into the spin with her. At first she holds Madoka at arms length, then pulls her in to speed up, but then pulls away to slow for a moment, and then pulls her in for another time, moving her arms around Madoka and holding tright. Homura's hair flies around the two of them, wrapping around Madoka from behind as it whips throught the air.

    "Hugging really is the best part~."
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 05:43:37 25000
Mami thinks. "Well, if it was a labrynth, you had to fight the witch. I'm not saying you can't people - I'd be a liar if I said I only fought witches. I'm just saying with attacks like that you have to be really careful. You're not going to save more people dying to something like that, versus coming back with friends." she adds with a smile. "That's part of why I work with Virtue."
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 05:50:56 25001
Puella Magi Shinobu takes a deep breath and another drink. "I am not used to magic yet. I'm shtill learning." She frowns and doesn't even know where to begin at this point. "My magic... for some reason. When I activate it, I accelerate a few sheconds into the future. I can shee where I'm going to be hit before it happensh and where they will leave an opening. I tested something in the middle of that fight. I shouldn't have. If I fight him again, I won't hold back. He'sh too dangeroush."
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 05:55:36 25003
Kukai Souma finds a seat next to Mami once he hands over her punch and just listens, letting her talk to the slightly wobbly Shinobu.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 06:00:42 25004
    Madoka nods happily, "Of course we can hug some! Maybe once my legs start to get tired..?" She looks up to Homura and smiles, clearly pleased her friend is so willing to openly suggest it.

    The mention of there being hope for Kyouko and Sayaka puts a blush on her cheeks, "I hope there is. I think they'd be very cute together!" That's... not quite the reasoning she was using before, but maybe she's thought about more than just the emotional support the two would give each other?

    She feels a tiny bit bad when her mention of Endymion puts a slight dampener on the mood, though it goes away when Homura's plan draws a giggle from her. The mention of a thing they can do together without magic gets an emphatic nod and a cheerful, "Mmhm!"

    Soon they reach the right speed and Homura turns around and takes her other hand. Her technique is better than Madoka's was and the spin is faster this time. Not only that but Madoka is also quicker to pull in and hug onto Homura, leaving the two spinning fast enough to pin one of her twintails against her head while the other sticks almost directly out from the centrifugal motion.

    "It really is," she agrees, turning her head to let Homura's trailing hair tickle her cheek with a giggle. She draws her arms further around Homura, giggling happily as she starts to get dizzy again, squeezing extra close to her. "Maybe it's not quite dancing, but it is very fun!"

    Just like before she clings until they slow enough for the dizziness to go away. She seems reluctant to move away, but then does as Homura did before, angling her skates to slip away and letting her hand trail over her arm before taking her hand, trusting her to follow along.

    She'll start to pick up speed again, though not as much as they did the last couple times. She turns around and takes Homura's hands in hers, pulling herself close.

    "Homura-chan~" she says in a slightly teasing voice, hugging lightly while still moving along in a slow arc. But wait, isn't that arc in the wrong direction..?

    And right about then is when they meet the edge of the pond, skates digging into snow covered grass, Madoka's heels suddenly stopped and sending her over backwards. Down they go!

    But- wait. That squeal she's letting out is a playful one!

    And when they land it's on top of one of the piles of snow swept off of the pond ice from earlier and thus not nearly so harsh as might have been expected, Madoka full of happy giggles.

    She must have planned this! And she's still happily hugging onto Homura.
Mami Tomoe 2016-01-26 06:06:12 25005
Mami takes the punch from Kukai with a bow. She gets up, giggling again. "I think you've had a bit too much punch. You're slurring." she says, as she drinks her own substantially less alcohol-laced punch quickly. She does stop drinking midway when Shinobu talks about her powers, though. Because that's not something she's encountered before.

"You're a Puella Magi. You have to learn went to hold back and when to give it everything." Mami says, nodding and putting a hand on Shinobu's shoulder.

"But you really should leave fighting that to the others. Just like they shouldn't be hunting witches withiout someone like us." she says, firmly of the opinion that everyone has specalites. Not that she'd avoid a fight like that herself.

She nods a bit. "When you're less tipsy, I'll see if I can get you up to speed on the rest of the magical world." she adds, before she nods. "Souma-kun, would you make sure she gets home okay?" she asks - a bit sharply. Like now, suddenly, something is bothering her - a problem forgotten or a change in the weather. "And really, thank you for coming with me, Souma-kun." she says. And then, already in henshin, she's using her rope to grapple along, and she's off.
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 06:08:53 25006
Kukai Souma's head looks up as suddenly Mami launches away. "Oh. Uh, sure! See... Oh, she's gone." He looks down at Shinobu, then stands and reaches down, offering her a hand. "Ready to go, then?"
Shinobu Kimura 2016-01-26 06:10:17 25008
Puella Magi Shinobu smiles to Souma and gives a little bow. "Sure. Itsh funny. I'm ushed to needing help getting home for other reashons. Infinity Univershity!" She says letting her know where they need to go.
Kukai Souma 2016-01-26 06:11:30 25009
Kukai Souma smiles and offers Shinobu his arm, letting her lean against him as he helps the slightly tipsy girl up and away from the pond, with one last look back at the sky where Mami vanished.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 06:22:00 25010
    Homura notices the blush on Madoka's cheeks, but she isn't exactly surprised by her reasoning. Of course Homura would think of shipping in a strategic sense, but even she has to realize that her way of viewing life is very non-standard, even for Puella Magi. Do they look cute together? Homura wonders if she can even see it the way Madoka can.

    "I suppose they do. I think they'd be very happy." Homura can't help but feel strange, resulting in her wearing a weird smirk. "I guess I'm weird arent I? I don't even want to talk to Kyouko-san when she's around, but it's not like I wish her ill."

    The two spin together, and Homura giggles. "Not quite dancing no, but it's what we want to do~."

    When Madoka speeds ahead, Homura follows after, expecting another spin. There's a brief moment of confusion when Madoka turns the wrong way, and Homura goes down along with Madoka, landing right next to her in the soft snow.

    Whatever worry Homura might've had dissolves when she hears Madoka's giggles and squeals, realizing that this was intentional. Homura's own giggles mix with Madoka's, and Homura holds Madoka close as the two of them lie in the snow.

    "Oh, Madoka." Homura's tone is a mix of affection and 'oh, you'. She closes her eyes and snuggles up to the other girl, figuring that this must've been Madoka's plan to begin with, and wraps her arm tight around her back. "This really was a good landing spot."

    Homura's eyes drift open for a moment, and she looks at the pond. "Did everyone go? I guess that's the end of the party." Homura giggles for a moment, saying, "You must be better at this than I am. You win this time."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 06:39:00 25011
    With a smile Madoka nods to Homura on her first point, but is quick to shake her head at the second one, "I don't think you're weird. Different, maybe, but not weird." Weird has negative connotations to it. "I'm glad you two didn't fight today. Just being at the same place without bothering each other is a good start, after how the last time went," she notes about Kyouko.

    They end up side by side in the snow, which is actually a miscalculation- she intended to buffer Homura's fall, but it isn't like the Puella is likely to be hurt by it. And maybe she'd have been worried about hurting Madoka if she landed on her, anyway.

    She happily snuggles up close as Homura closes in herself, enjoying the fluffy snow bank despite the cold. "Hehehe! I didn't think you'd mind." She hugs in close for a while, only looking around when the emptiness of the area is noted. She looks around herself for a moment. "I don't know about that... no one ate any of the sandwiches! I guess people weren't as hungry this time as they were at the balls. Maybe it's because I didn't have any cake. ...or because it's all cold. At least it won't spoil out here!"

    She smiles, "I guess that means it's just us. We're all alone now." She looks into Homura's eyes and giggles, "We can change the music to anything we want now!"

    But it also means she's not as self conscious leaning her head in to nuzzle Homura's cheek. Her own is fairly cool, due to the temperature.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 06:53:36 25012
    Homura holds Madoka close. "Thanks for putting it like that... but yeah. Fighting amongst ourselves is a waste of time. Even if you win the fight, both of you lost something. It's enough if we aren't fighting all the time."

    Not that they weren't yelling at each other just the other day. Well, even if they were, they at least... did they part amicably? Homura's not sure she could ever use that term with regard to Kyouko, but at least it was leaning slightly towards 'non-hostile'.

    "I don't mind at all, Madoka-chan. We were just talking about this, weren't we?" asks Homura with a playful tone. As the lack of food eaten is mentioned, Homura giggles. "I think people preferred the drinks. Especially as cold as it is out here. Well, we could always eat some of it ourselves. It's good food."

    Homura's eyes open and she looks at Madoka, resting her head on Madoka's shoulder. "I'm curious. What did you tell your dad you were doing when you asked him to cook all of this food? I mean... you must have convinced him somehow."

    Homura considers the music for a moment. "We could. Well, we could anyways, but was there something you wanted to listen to?"

    When Homura feels how cold Madoka is, she leans into the hug, getting as close as she can so the two of them can share their warmth. Homura's own hands are getting cold, but being this close should help.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 07:10:07 25013
    "For Puella Magi fighting with each other is even more of a bad idea than it is for other magical girls. I don't even like that, but knowing they're using their precious magic up to hurt each other... that really does seem terrible and sad." Now isn't a time for very sad things, however, so Madoka moves on from it quickly.

    "We were! I guess I decided my legs were already getting tired," she says with a giggle. They weren't, but she did want to hug Homura some more and she also wanted to flop down in the snow. The last time she almost did that she was saved- this time she didn't want to be saved, so she brought Homura along for the right. A win-win situation!

    Homura asks about the food and she tilts her head, "Oh! Um, he didn't make the sandwiches, just the treats and cocoa. I just asked him to make a bunch for my friends so it'd last a while so I wouldn't bug him again. And, um, it looks like it will last a while after all." After a pause she notes, "We can go get some if you'd like." She isn't very hungry though, but she doesn't want to dissuade Homura if she is.

    She turns her head to meet Homura's gaze. She considers the music and gives a little shrug, "I like this classical music. If I thought I was skilled enough to really ice dance like the people on TV I'd want to play something more exciting, but I think spinning was adventurous enough for tonight."

    Homura moves closer and she snuggles in herself, legs shifting forward a bit. The only bad thing about being in the snow is her bare thighs, which was an oversight she'll remember not to make again if she anticipates laying down in the snow. She hugs closely to Homura, reaching up with one hand to touch her hair, brushing it a bit with her fingers before stopping. "Oh... maybe I should ask before doing that."
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 07:26:48 25014
    "Well it was very generous and sweet of him." Homura considers meeting Madoka's family for a moment. She... probably will sooner or later, but she's still afraid of Junko blowing her cover. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if the timing was alright for it, but Homura would still rather tell Madoka herself.

    Homura shrugs nonchalantly at the mention of getting up to get food. Her eyes are closed and she's close to Madoka in the snow. "Maybe later, if the hot cocoa is still warm and we get too cold. I'd rather stay here for a bit longer."

    Homura smiles at the memory of the two of them spinning. "Spinning like that was really fun. Well, better not to wear ourselves too much. Especially if your legs are already tired." Homura would happily carry Madoka, but she's hung around the other girl enough to know that cuddling is something that she likes to do.

    "I like this music just fine." Homura's eyes blink open for a moment, and she looks up at Madoka. "Ask?" Then she realizes, oh yeah, Madoka was touching her hair. Homura shakes her head, closing her eyes again. "Since your my very best friend, I give you special permission to play with my hair if you want to. Just you, though."

    It'd be hard to guess that Homura has personal space issues from the way she's cuddling Madoka, but she still has some. It's not Madoka that she's worried about. It's the people who don't ask first, or possibly don't care if she wants to be touched or not.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 07:39:03 25015
    "Papa is a very sweet person," Madoka responds with closed eyes, always happy to brag if it's about her family. "It should stay hot even with it being this cold outside. That's a really nice dispenser. The hot chocolate will be ready for us when we're ready for it."

    Then a smile at the mention of the spinning, though she doesn't say anything in response to tired legs. She'll keep that secret to herself~, she thinks.

    And then Homura doesn't mind her touching her hair, and so Madoka brushes her fingers through it some more. It doesn't hurt that safely nestling into long silky locks helps hold in heat and warm her hands a little, either. She might be tempted to brush her cold fingers all the way under her hair, but that'd be just mean to Homura. Icy fingers against her scalp? Brrr! "Okay! You have special permission to play with mine too, Homura-chan."

    It might be just as hard to guess that Madoka does also; she was pretty lonely for a long time in America. The lower population density even had her a bit jumpy in crowds at first after she returned to Japan, as Homura might remember when they went to the convert and first became friends. She jumped a bit earlier before she realized it was Homura hugging her, also. She's very quick to make friends, but the thought of someone who wasn't her friend hugging her or playing with her hair would make her quickly anxious.

    She stays cuddled close to Homura for a good long time, enjoying the closeness and warmth while letting her mind wander. After a while she smiles a little, "This is a lot like our lives, isn't it?" It's an odd rhetorical question, but she explains soon after. "The snow is very cold, and if I stayed like this alone I'd be shivering." She snuggles against Homura a bit, wiggling for a moment, "But you're so warm. I can stay in the snow just fine if I'm with you, Homura-chan."
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 08:04:25 25016
    Homura nuzzles her cold nose against Madoka's cheek. "Then it can wait. Something to look forward to~." Homura lays there as Madoka starts running her fingers through her hair. This much hair does trap the warmth in, which is a benefit that Homura very much enjoys. When Madoka gives her similar permission, Homura wears a wicked grin. "Well if you really don't mind..." She reaches up to Madoka's pigtail and squishes it between her figners. "So fluffy."

    Homura looks at Madoka's smile as she starts getting philosophical. With a smile, Homura nods. "I agree. The cold is there, but it's outside. It's the situation we're in, but it doesn't define us."

    Homura nuzzles her cheek against Madoka's, whispering, "What we choose to do... this closeness... that's us, and that's what matters more than our circumstances ever will."

    "I know I talk about depressing things but... it's not like... it's not like I'm depressed or anything. Mostly I'm just warning people who wouldn't know any better." After she says the words, Homura's a little surprised to hear herself say them. It's the truth, though. Being this close to Madoka, how could she ever really be depressed, or sad at all? Madoka said the other day that getting close wasn't dangerous. Maybe she was right. Scary sometimes, but not dangerous.

    "Madoka-chan... I... I don't want... I should tell you something." She pulls away for a moment, but only so she can look Madoka in the eyes. "I didn't want to say this when you were dating Takashi, and even after you broke up with him, I kept quiet because I wanted to respect your feelings. How you feel means a lot to me... but also, it's not really fair for me to keep this to myself. Not when you're so open with me."

    Homura blushes, breaking eye contact for a moment as she glances down and off to the side. "Besides... at the last dance we were at, I did promise that I'd be open with my feelings. I meant to make good on that promise, I was just... I guess I was trying to follow my heart, and it kept telling me 'not yet'."

    Her eyes go back to Madoka, and in this moment they are open, earnest, serious, and maybe a little nervous. No matter how much she trusts Madoka, nothing makes this moment easier for her. "I love you Madoka."

    She pauses for a moment, remembering that they had already said that they loved each other. "No, that didn't come out right. I mean. I do love you, I meant that and I still do, but what I really mean is that I'm in love with you. Like... romantically."

    Homura's blushing furiously now. "I just... I felt like I had to say it. Sorry if it's sudden."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 08:40:24 25017
    Madoka giggles as Homura's nose teases her cheek, and once she turns her face away she returns it, nuzzling first with cheek and then her nose. Eskimo cheek kisses?! The warmth is very much enjoyed as she plays with Homura's hair, and as Homura grins at her and pinches her pigtail she lets out a playful giggle, the hair fluffier near the ends of the pigtail and squishier near the ribbon that binds it together.

    Even when she says something strange Homura seems to understand her perfectly, and Madoka's smile softens. She gives a squeeze with both of her arms, "That's just it, isn't it? Even when things are difficult it's what we do with each other that is the most important. And when we're together, we're so much more than when we're alone."

    She means that both in a general sense and a personal one. People are stronger when they work together than when they work separately; she wholeheartedly believes that in the very core of her being. But she's also found herself happier than she's ever been before when she's around Homura. Even things that should crush her spirit and eat at her haven't found real purchase; she recently recovered from a few nasty shocks rather quickly.

    "You're talking about real things, Homura-chan. You're a Puella Magi, and nothing can change that. You don't regret it, but it's true... so I understand if you have to talk about depressing or scary things. Maybe it's having them on your mind that keeps you safe, because you never forget them?" It's just a guess. Madoka feels a little bad. She knows she's shied away from scary topics a few times, and knows doing so has made Homura regret bringing them up. Well, she should stop that, she decides after a moment. There's no use in participating in a spiral of regret.

    Homura pulls away and gets even more serious. Madoka tilts her head slightly and meets her gaze. "What is it, Homura-chan?" She doesn't know what to expect; to her that kind of lead up could mean just about anything. She gives a small nod then after Homura breaks eye contact and responds, "There's nothing wrong with following your heart. If it was telling you it wasn't a good time then you were right to listen."

    She lets Homura say her piece and for a brief moment her expression doesn't change. It actually takes a moment to penetrate even after the black haired girl corrects herself and rephrases.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 08:40:29 25018
    All of a sudden her own face turns very, very red. As red as Homura's ever seen it, and her eyes draw away from Homura's and peek about shyly for a moment. Suddenly uncomfortable in a nervous way herself she actually draws /closer/ to Homura, who has become one of her pillars of support. A part of her mind catches the dichotomy of this given the confession and she blushes all the more for it, not that it's easy to tell.

    Madoka giggles a little, again nervously, and slowly brings her eyes back to meet Homura's. Her expression is anxious and a little worried. "I love you too, Homura-chan. But... not like that." She pulls one arm to herself, resting her finger against her lips. She's thoughtful for a moment and then all at once realizes that might have sounded like a rejection, looking quickly back to Homura's eyes, "I-" She what? "S-sorry! I just don't know what to say. Um..."

    She thinks back over all the things Homura has told her, and she has to admit it makes sense. She even feels perhaps a bit foolish for not realizing this sooner. Especially when Homura teased her the other day about acting romantic without realizing it.

    "I've never thought about dating another girl. And I can't say that I love you in the same way that you love me... but I do love you." She smiles gently, even as her face is still a darker color than her hair, "But I also can't say that I never would. You're the most important person to me. I want to spend time with you more than anyone else. I always like talking to you, and being close with you."

    She talking aloud as she thinks now, still smiling softly to Homura. "I really can't say if 'Us' is something that would work or not," a small pause, "A-and I'm not sure if you're even asking, actually. But... I think I'd be willing to at least try, if you wanted to. It scares me a little, to think that it might hurt our friendship, but I don't want to deny your feelings. I like you enough just for who you are for that."

    And actually Homura is really very pretty, another part of her mind tells her and all Madoka can do in response to the thought is say, "Ohmygosh!" and blush yet more still.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 09:35:18 25019
    Homura is frozen for a long time while waiting for Madoka's reaction. She's... terrified. In ways she can't really explain. It's hard to even imagine something going wrong here... but she usually doesn't bare herself like this, so to admit to something so sensitive to her... well, if she didn't know Madoka was as sweet as she was, Homura'd probably keep it to herself and push it out of her mind.

    Homura glances away as Madoka says she doesn't feel the same way. "That's okay. Like I said before... I have really strong feelings for you. I don't really expect you to feel the same way. Not when you haven't even known me as long as I've known you."

    At first she takes it as rejection. It sounds like one, but she waits as Madoka finds the words she wants to say. Homura did just dump this on her out of the blue, it's only fair that she have some time to think it over.

    It isn't until Madoka finishes that Homura speaks up. "Am I asking? I don't know. Maybe. Mostly I'm just being honest, because we cuddle a lot and... you know..." She blushes a little more. "I mean... I'm not against platonic cuddling. I know that's how you meant it. I guess... I don't know. I felt really dishonest sometimes, because the way I felt about it was different than the way you felt about it, and I never really told you that. I think I avoided lying to you, but... that doesn't mean I gave you the full story. Honestly, if you weren't so into it, I'd probably feel like I was taking advantage of you."

    Homura's still a little nervous, but the hard part is over. She traces her finger over Madoka's back, absentmindedly, as she tries to think of what to say, and how to say it.

    "A lot of the way I feel about you is shaped by... well I have a very unique experience, to put it mildly. I've gotten to know you over and over again, so many times, and each time we met our relationship changed. Sometimes we barely spoke. Sometimes we were best friends. Sometimes you protected me and sometimes I protected you. Every single one of those timelines represents a valid but very unique relationship... but no matter what relationship we had, my feelings never went away. I never stopped loving you just because we weren't friends. i never stopped caring just because you weren't around. My love for you grew... independant of any relationship we had."

    "I guess what I'm saying is... I don't want to say that romance doesn't matter. It matters a lot. It would be a big change in our relationship and if you didn't want to risk it I'd understand. Of course, at the same time, if you're at all interested, well..." Homura smiles, sheepishly, "... you already have my number you know."

    "... but what I really mean is that I'll love you no matter what. Even if we do one day mess up our friendship, my heart isn't going to just forget about you. I'm not going to stop caring about you no mater what." Homura squeezes Madoka in her arms, holding her tightly before pulling away again.

    Homura's eyes are still serious, unfailingly so. It's notably not her often-worn cold stare. There is a lot more warmth and depth in her eyes. "Yeah... actually I guess I am asking. I'm asking if you want to. I don't know if it'll work out. I can't promise something something like that. I can't really promise to be the best girlfriend either, because I don't really... have a lot of experience in that area. I never had time for it before... but if you're willing to try it, I am too."

    It's then, looking at Madoka this closely, that she fully realizes just how much Madoka is blushing. Now that she thinks about it, she can actually feel the heat from Madoka's cheeks. It only makes Homura blush harder in turn.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 09:41:25 25022
    When Madoka says 'oh my gosh', Homura's reaction is to get worried. She looks around her shoulder, thinking there might be something behind her. Finding nothing, she turns back to Madoka. No, Madoka is clearly looking at her and not something behind her. "What is it? Do I have something on my face?" The true meaning of Madoka's reaction is lost on her.

    Homura suddenly finds herself wishing that she carried around compact, just so she could try to figure out what Madoka's reacting to. Especially if she's going to be Madoka's girlfriend. Sure, people say she's beautiful, and enough people say it that it's probably true, but Homura has to admit she's not really doing her best like this.

    Geeze, this has never really been a problem before.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 10:21:25 25023
    While Madoka would almost always want to dispel any fear Homura feels this isn't a time where she can do it, at least not quickly. She has to think over everything very carefully. She can't spare Homura the worry and trepidation necessary for putting her feelings out there in such a vulnerable manner. What she can do is make sure her response is just as open and honest, even if figuring out what open and honest means takes some time.

    She nods a little as Homura responds to her initial words, but continues thinking about it properly before she finally makes her response.

    There's a playfully nervous giggle as Homura admits she enjoys the snuggling in more than just a platonic way, and Madoka can't blame her for it. "I don't think you were taking advantage of me. I really do enjoy being this close to you." She bites her bottom lip and looks away for a moment only to return her gaze to Homura's, "That's... actually one thing I didn't like about dating Takashi-kun. We weren't ever very close like this except when we were dancing. I wanted to be held, but I wasn't." She peeks shyly at Homura, "Maybe I wasn't giving you the full story either? The cuddling has been platonic for me, but I was 'missing' romantic cuddling that made me want it a little more."

    The fingers moving over her back are felt a bit more dramatically than they might otherwise be, as charged as the atmosphere is suddenly feeling. She doesn't say anything though, letting Homura rub her back a bit while her mind is filled with romantic thoughts as a bit of a test. It... doesn't feel any less nice, that's for sure.

    "I wish I could say I knew how I felt all those times, Homura-chan, but I don't remember them. You know me so much better than I know you. It's... really embarrassing to hear you say that, actually. You might even know me better than I know myself, and if you love me because of it..." She squirms a little, but not in an uncomfortable way, merely a shy one, "I guess that's... very flattering?" She was maybe getting used to hearing romantic compliments, but only from a single source!
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 10:21:37 25024
    Madoka lets Homura finish, returning the squeeze and closing her eyes, resting against her friend. It lets her calm down her furious blush a little and looking back into her eyes, able to meet them without the nervous energy from before. Her own eyes have that unfailingly kind expression in them, mixed with tinges of nervousness and excitement. Close as they are her heart can probably be felt beating in her chest, because no matter how this ends up going it's emotionally charging.

    Before she can fully respond Homura reacts to the words that slipped out of her mouth, and now she /really/ squirms. The expression on her face is so bashful it's almost pained. "I just realized I'm in the arms of a very beautiful girl..." she eeks out slowly, biting her bottom lip and giggling at the silliness of it. "I knew that before but now it's... different!"

    But as much as she wants to squeal and hide her face, probably in Homura's shoulder, she doesn't want to leave her hanging. She did just decide she was asking a very important question, after all.

    Madoka takes a few deep breaths to calm herself down, and it's pretty obvious that she's doing it, closing her eyes and breathing in through her nose and out through her mouth in long, deliberate breaths. Then they open up and soft pink eyes meet Homura's. The hand that was previously at her own face moves around Homura and rubs her back gently- possibly to be taken as a good sign.

    "Then if you're asking to be my girlfriend, and for me to be yours," she says slowly, making sure to be as clear as she can, "Then my answer is 'yes'. I... I want to try it. I want to see if my love for you can blossom into the kind of love you have for me. I've been thinking lately about what kind of person I'd 'need' for something that was going to really last, and the one thing that kept coming up is that I'd need someone who could accept me for who I am, and who could be very devoted to me when I needed them." Her cheeks flare a bit more, "With you... I know neither of those things would ever be a problem, Homura-chan."

    She giggles nervously again, and scoots a little closer in the snow, hugging onto Homura and drawing close. It's a slower motion than before though, as is the motion she makes as she leans in and nuzzles her cheek against Homura's, not just enjoying the contact but savoring it in a way that sends a tingle and a shiver through her.

    She pulls back to meet Homura's gaze afterwards, and now that she's made her own decision her blush fades from the red of overwhelming embarrassment across her entire face to a steady pinkness placed on her cheeks. "You've said your feelings for me are 'intense'. I guess I know a bit better what you mean by that now. But... I'm still new to dating too, so please be gentle with me."

    Then, with a bit more of a blush and a giggle she says, "Homura-chan! ...it looks like I really can be your little angel after all."
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 11:06:24 25027
    Homura... actually feels a lot more relaxed as Madoka says she doesn't feel taken advantage of. Cuddling as they are, Madoka can probably feel the change as Homura's whole body relaxes and loosens up. The thought of that was bothering Homura quite a bit more than she realized. As someone who is so devoted to protecting Madoka, she was increasingly worried about becoming a threat to her somehow. Maybe that was a silly thought to have.

    Honesty is what Homura wants right now, more than anything. Even if Madoka was going to say something that Homura didn't want to hear, the truth is that she needs to hear what Madoka really thinks. Anything less than a sincere response would only lead to trouble for both of them, so Homura is grateful for the honesty.

    When Takashi is mentioned, Homura shifts slightly. It's more like an embarassed squirm than anything else. Thinking about it, Homura never really saw Takashi and Madoka cuddle that much. Even at the meeting, Homura was the one who ended up cuddling Madoka all night, while Takashi wandered off to do... whatever.

    "I guess I'm not surprised to hear that. I mean... that he wasn't that cuddly, I mean. He never really seemed all that... I don't know... affectionate? I was actually kindof surprised when you two started being attracted to each other." She really doesn't want to say anything that sounds like 'I told you so' and therefore she keeps mostly quiet on the subject after that.

    Homura's blush deepens as Madoka mentions that she wanted to cuddle with Homura because she wasn't being held enough, and Homura giggles a little nervously. "Well I don't think that's a problem we'll have! Hehehe... I mean... we're doing it right now, right? I'm more than happy to cuddle you as much as you want, Madoka-chan. It's like our favorite thing to do together, really." Most of their times together tend to end in that.

    Homura giggles even more as Madoka squirms. "I do love you. I love you so much. I wish that you could see yourself the way I see you." One of Homura's hands moves up to brush aside some of Madoka's bangs, moving back to lightly scrich her behind the ear. "You're a wonderful person, Madoka-chan. Few people are truly as wonderful as you. I don't know how you felt during all those other times either, but you were always very good to me, even when I was a stranger to you. I guess that just made me love you more."
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 11:06:24 25028
    Homura's blush deepens as Madoka shares the reason behind her reaction. The more she thinks about it, the more red her face gets. Then, she smiles, pulling close to rub her nose against Madoka's. "... and I'm in the arms of a very cute girl, and my absolute favorite person... and I've heard you call me beautiful before, but it's also a lot different now."

    Homura allows Madoka a moment to calm herself down. When Homura actually hears what she's saying, she nods. "Alright, then let's try it. And you're right. Not only can I accept who you are... I love who you are, absolutely and without a doubt." Then she adds, with a nervous giggle, "... and I'm pretty devoted to you. I'm crazy about you. I couldn't not be. You mean so much to me."

    Madoka moves in to nuzzle Homura, and Homura nuzzles in return. When Madoka pulls away to look at her, Homura starts petting the back of Madoka's hair. "I'll be gentle, Madoka-chan. We don't have to do anything you don't want to. I just want to be with you."

    Homura giggles at the mention of the 'little angel' comment from the other day. She coos, "I'm going to enjoy calling you that, my little angel~." Only a few minutes into their relationship and there's already a cute pet name. Homura can't help but chuckle.

    Homura closes her eyes, takes a deep breath in, and then breathes out slowly. The levity is helping calm her nerves. After a moment of stillness, she seems... a little more calm, and a little more confident. "I wonder what we should do for a first date. I still like doing the kinds of things we've done as friends, but I mean... I don't know. Is there someting you'd like to do? I guess the only thing that comes to mind right now is dancing, hehe. Maybe I have a one-track mind."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 11:50:40 25037
    Madoka squeezes Homura as she relaxes, rubbing her back again though in a more comforting fashion. She doesn't... actually comment very much about Homura's responses regarding Takashi. 'Let's talk about my ex-boyfriend' isn't the most romantic discussion for a newly beginning relationship. She does giggle and smile when she notes they're cuddling at that very moment, "We are, aren't we? Now that I made my decision I'm glad I said yes. I'd feel bad later if I realized I rejected you while snuggling." How much more selfish could she get?

    Then Homura is elaborating on her feelings and Madoka is blushing again, though this time she isn't shying away from it and leans her head into Homura's fingers when her bangs are brushed from her face. "I sometimes wonder if I really am worthy of that kind of praise. But I know that really is what you truly feel. It makes me feel very nice when you say such sweet things to me, Homura-chan." She pauses for a moment before adding, "I also wish you could know how much gratitude I have for all you've done for me. Knowing you've fought so long and hard for me... it's a little easier to understand knowing you're doing it while loving me, but it's still incredible."

    She smiles and blushes again when Homura calls her cute, giggling at the brush of nose against nose. "It's going to take a bit of getting used to, isn't it? I've never tried looking at you in this way before, but you really are beautiful. And... I think you're a wonderful person too. I've seen a little of how you can be hard on yourself, but I can't help thinking someone who would give so much of themselves for someone they care about couldn't possibly be a bad person."

    Madoka lets out a happy sigh as Homura pets her hair, letting her eyes close for a moment and shivering for a reason that has nothing to do with the cold. "I want to be with you too. I have ever since we became friends." That naturally has new connotations to it with this change in their relationship as well. She giggles enough to shake in Homura's arms as she's called her little angel, squirming happily in her arms. "Don't tease me with it in front of our friends too much," she asks playfully.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 11:50:44 25038
    She reaches her hand up to brush it along the back of Homura's head, only to drag her fingers through her hair, combing it with her fingers like she did before but this time letting herself really, really enjoy it. She even draws some of it over Homura's shoulder and nuzzles her cheek against it. There are some serious perks to being someone's girlfriend! "I love your hair," she whispers with a dreamy voice, "it's the prettiest I've ever seen. I can say that now without embarrassing myself, right?"

    Talk of dates? Exciting! Madoka goes back to just petting Homura's hair instead of nuzzling it so she can think straight again. "Dancing would be a wonderful first date, Homura-chan. You could even help me practice dancing better for our own date," she suggest with a giggle. She considers Homura's next words for a moment and leans in, pressing her forehead against Homura's and looking into her eyes. Though it may be impossible to really see well at such a close range the soft pink of her eyes is filled with a tender sweetness, "We'll still do all the things we did as friends. We're still friends, and we'll always be friends. I'm... really excited to go on a date with someone who's also my friend! I don't think I could ever stop caring about you either, even if this doesn't work out."

    She thinks seriously about fun things to do together then and considers, "Maybe a romantic boat ride? Going out to dinner might even be enough. ...especially if we get to dress up nice together. I really liked that, at the dance! ...and who says shopping can't be a date, for that matter?" Now /there/ is a benefit to dating another girl! "I'd also like to go to the amusement park again, with just the two of us." Then with a giggle she adds, "There's also Kamijou-san's concert." Her giggle intensifies, "We can help set the mood for Kyouko-san and Sayaka-chan!"

    She settles down afterwards, and slowly a faint pink blush settles back upon her cheeks. "Homura-chan? Have you ever kissed me?" It's an honest question. It's also a leading one.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 12:47:46 25044
    Perfectly happy to not talk about Takashi, Homura giggles a little more, enjoying the feeling of Madoka's hand against her back. "I'm glad, too. Though you wouldn't have to feel bad about something like that." Homura wouldn't consider it selfish. It's not like Homura's not enjoying it.

    Homura continues rubbing her nose with Madoka for a moment. "It's okay. You don't know how wonderful you are because you haven't seen it before, but I have. I've seen it over and over again. Maybe one day you'll understand, but even if you don't, I'll still appreciate you for all the things you've done, even for the things I had to undo."

    Rubbing her nose against Madoka's again, she also adds, "Besides, that part isn't at all one-sided. You've done a lot for me, Madoka-chan. You've saved my life countless times, and I'll never forget that. Even in this timeline, you've been wonderful to me."

    Homura nods meekly. "it will take some getting used to, but it makes me happy, so I'm okay with that." She blushes a little more as Madoka calls her wonderful, smiling sheepishly. "I'm glad you see me that way, at least. I know I'm cold and harsh sometimes, but I really do care. About you, most of all. It really means a lot to me, that you think of me that way. You always look for the good sides in people, don't you? I've always liked that about you."

    Homura's hand moves from Madoka's hair to her shoulder, gripping it gently. "I've always wanted to be with you. It's all I've wanted to do. I didn't even realize how badly I wanted it until... fairly recently, but... you really do mean so much to me."

    She giggles as Madoka talks about being teased. "Alright, I won't tease you too much." Homura's tone suggests that there might be just a little bit of teasing. She seems to almost... purr, as Madoka strokes her hand through her hair. It's a very quiet purr, soft enough that one might wonder if they even heard it. Though it's clear from the way Homura smiles and closes her eyes that she's enjoying Madoka playing with her hair like that. "It's not embarassing to compliment your girlfriend's hair, Madoka-chan~."

    Her smile only widens as Madoka starts nuzzling against her hair. "We can dance, if you want to. Or practice dancing. Or both. I'd really like that. I'd also like to continue to think of you as a friend. I think we'd be losing something precious if we gave that up." Homura opens her purple eyes, looking into Madoka's pink irises. "... besides, I think the best relationships are the ones where you can always have fun with each other. Those seem to be the healthiest, and last the longest."
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 12:47:46 25045
    Homura glances off to the side (which from this angle happens to be up into the sky) as Madoka starts listing off things that they could do together. She thinks it over. "A boat ride could be nice. Having dinner together is a classic, so we'll probably do that sooner or later. I'd love to dress up nicely for you. Especially if you keep telling me I'm beautiful~." Homura's tone turns playful. "Oh my god, shopping. Yeah, I think that'd be wonderful. Running around a mall or trying on different outfits. I like that."

    At the menton of the amusement park, Homura gets a little embarassed, but she's still enthusiastic when she says, "Well I'd really like that, Madoka-chan. I'd enjoy going with you again."

    The mention of the concert gets a blink from Homura, followed by another and another, and then Homura's grin turns mischievous. "Madoka-chan~. We won't just be girlfriends. We'll be partners in crime~!" With a giggle, she adds, "I'd really love that. Trying to set up Sayaka and Kyouko I mean. It's a little weird trying to do it by myself, but with the two of us we can probably give them a few helpful shoves in that direction."

    At the kissing question, Homura pauses. She's a little quiet, actually. "Well I mean... a couple times we'd kiss each other on the cheek or forehead but... we were never really like this? I mean... it took us almost 6 months to get here, if we start counting from when you transfered back to Infinity. A month and a half simply wasn't long enough, and things were always so complicated."

    She looks into Madoka's eyes, drawing closer, whispering, "Would you like to? ... because I would."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 13:47:08 25050
    "In that case I'm very grateful to all the other past me's who have saved you so you can be here for me now," Madoka replies, unable to help sounding a bit silly with a statement like that. It's a lot easier for her to understand Homura's side of the time travel than her own. She smiles at Homura's blush, starting to get comfortable enough to notice she isn't the only one embarrassed enough to. "You're also cute when you blush," Homura-chan," she teases lightly.

    The teasing ends somewhat abruptly though at Homura's words, "I know you care. You've proven to me that you care more than enough times. I don't blame you for being cold or harsh, I feel bad that you had to go through the kinds of things that made you have to be that way in the first place." She smiles and looks away, "For me it sometimes feels the other way around. It's so easy to see the ways that people are wonderful, I feel bad that people can't see those qualities in each other. Especially when they misunderstand each other and start fighting because of it. So often they just can't see how much people care about each other..."

    Her eyes wander a little before coming back to Homura's, "Kyouko-san is a good example. She cares a lot about Sayaka-chan and wants to help her and keep her safe. But she doesn't understand that you've been doing the same thing for me all this time. Sometimes I think if she knew that and truly understood it she'd see how much the two of you have in common. You also have a lot of differences, but there's enough that you two share that I think you could be friends if it wasn't for all the resentment."

    Speaking of topics that aren't amazingly romantic.

    She looks into Homura's eyes when the hand goes to her shoulder, blushing at the words that are spoken after. "Homura-chan..." She collets her thoughts before responding, "It's a little embarrassing to be that kind of a fantasy for someone, but it's also flattering. I'm feeling like that a lot right now. If you said that without having told me how you felt earlier it'd be shocking. But... I think I understand. I know you're feelings for me are very strong. I guess in a way I'm also very happy they're so strong, if you want to be my girlfriend."

    Madoka smiles bashfully when told she won't be teased 'too much'. She actually does want to be teased a little; this is prime teasing material if you think about it. And as much as she's been flustered and embarrassed she can handle a little bit of that anyway.

    Hair complimenting is not embarrassing? "Then... my girlfriends hair is beautiful!" She says that a bit louder than she expected, and her voice carries in the cold air. She flushes, and then giggles happily, curling closer to Homura at the silliness of it. She nuzzles that hair a bit longer because Homura seems to enjoy it when she does. It also prompts another compliment, "You have such a pretty smile, Homura-chan. I've always liked seeing you smile. And I've enjoyed making you smile even more. I want to give you a lot more of those pretty smiles, from now on."

    Madoka nods her head quickly, "I want to dance! A lot. I've had a bunch of fun dancing with you already. I bet it will be wonderful moving to the music with you and looking into your eyes, knowing that you're my special someone who cares so much about me." Her voice gets softer the longer that sentence continues, to the point where the last words are practically a sigh of dreamy anticipation.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 13:47:15 25051
    She giggles at Homura's reaction to shopping as a date, only to respond to her previous comment, "You /are/ beautiful though, Homura-chan! And you're also very dashing in your suits. You could sweep me off my feet wearing either."

    The pink haired girl smiles brilliantly, "Partners in crime sounds fun! Sayaka-chan is still pining after Kamijou-san, but I think if she realizes how amazing the person right next to her is and that they actually want her she'll see how that might work out." After a moment she giggles, leaning forward to hide her face momentarily in Homura's shoulder while muttering, "It worked on me!"

    After a thoughtful moment she pulls away again, looking to Homura's eyes and smiling sweetly. "When it's us I think even just talking could be a date, Homura-chan. It's so easy for me to talk with you, and I never get tired of it. I think usually the only time I ever actually wanted to stop talking with you is when I've gotten so tired I had to go to sleep. Maybe that's one of the reasons I've been able to get so close to you."

    Homura answers her question and she nods a little, a bit more somber than she'd intended to be, perhaps keying in on Homura's mood. "It took us six months to get here and it took me by surprise," she agrees in a self effacing tone.

    Homura looks into her eyes and moves closer, her voice in a whisper. Madoka blushes and her heart rate picks up again. She thought the answer to that question was going to be easy, but she finds it more difficult to actually admit.

    Her arms around Homura rub the other girl's, her girlfriend's, back some more, and brush lightly over her hair. One of them raises to lightly touch the back of her head, and then trails slowly forward. It takes a short detour over the lock of hair that sits in front of Homura's ear to frame her face, and then finds it's intended destination, gently touching and cupping her face.

    Madoka swallows, finding it a bit hard due to a sudden flock of butterflies in her stomach. She looks over Homura's face, and for a long moment her to her hand as it rests there. It's easy to say words, but it's a lot harder to actually take on their full meaning and act on them. It isn't that she didn't mean then when she spoke them, but now suddenly they're carrying the full weight of reality.

    Her head nods in a tiny motion, and she says in a quiet, giddy voice, "Yes. Please..."

    As if on cue tiny snowflakes finally begin to fall from the clouds above and freshly dust the land below.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 14:49:58 25052
    Homura is still blushing, and maybe blushing a little redder when Madoka says that her blushing is cute. "You think so? I think you're really cute, especially~ when you blush." With a bit of mischief in her voice, she adds, "especially when you're blushing because of me, my little angel."

    Homura said she'd enjoy calling Madoka that. She wasn't lying.

    Then her little angel starts being so sweet again, and Homura cannot help but adore her. Her adoration is a lot more open now, gleaming in her eyes, since she's no longer shy about how she feels.

    Well, she may still be a little shy. She's blushing, after all.

    "All of those things were worth it, especially if I get to have just one happy ending with you. It doesn't matter how many times I failed. I only need to succeed once." Homura's eyes are a little sad when Madoka looks away and becomes a bit more somber, but her smile doesn't fade.

    "Kyouko-san has had a very hard life. She's selfish, but a part of that is because... she feels like it was her selflessness that hurt the people she cared about." Homura also looks away for a moment. "I'm not the only one who has had a hard time, but even if I can understand why she is the way she is, I don't think I'll ever be that close to her. I don't think she really wants to be friends with anyone but Sayaka."

    Her eyes go back to Madoka's shortly after, and Homura smiles again. "I think it would've shocked you. I was worried about that, in fact. That's part of why I haven't really... wanted to fully express them. The truth is, I'm pretty sure I'd be willing to do anything for you. I just... well, imagine a stranger coming up and saying that. It's just not very appropriate. I had to let you get to know me first."

    Homura blushes and giggles as Madoka compliments her hair, and loudly! She responds with, "My girlfriend is cuddly and adorable," with roughly the same volume. Madoka's next compliment makes Homura's smile even wider. "I'm sure you will, Madoka-chan. You always find a way to make me smile. I like to see you happy, too. Everytime you get giddy or happy, I feel like my heart is floating on air."

    Homura nods in agreement as Madoka talks about dancing, and her nod slows as Madoka's voice softens. Homura's blush increases, and her eyes get a lot more serious, when Madoka calls Homura her 'special someone'. "I like being called that... your special someone."
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 14:49:58 25053
    Homura thinks back to the suits she wears, as well as the dresses. Then she giggles. "I really do like those suits. I guess I'm a little bit of a tomboy sometimes. I'd really like sweeping you off your feet."

    Then Homura is taken aback by her girlfriend's brilliant smile, savoring the sight of Madoka's joy for a moment. "I think so, too. It'd be nice." Homura giggles as Madoka says it worked on her. "... and I'm so~ happy it did."

    Madoka talks about how easy it is for her to talk to Homura, and after her Madoka's comment she adds, "I feel the same way. We never really run out of things to talk about, and there's never really a point where I actually want to stop talking to you. We just get too tired to, or something comes up. I think our relationship is kindof unique like that."

    Homura squeezes Madoka's shoulder as she says it took her by surprise. "Well... if I had been more honest with myself, maybe things would've happened a little faster, but only a little... but that's okay. I don't regret a single moment of all the fun we had before this point." Homura adds with a giggle. "I'm really lucky. I get to have it all. I get to be your best friend and your girlfriend. I'm so lucky."

    When the subject turns to kissing Homura gets very serious. Madoka asks her too, and the snowflakes start falling. Both of them had a chance to back out of it if they wanted to, and neither one of them wanted to, but Homura still finds herself hesitating, if only for a moment.

    It would be so easy to let her own insecurities rob the moment from her, and to mistake the pounding of her heart for fear... but a mistake is exactly what that would be. No. If Homura Akemi is going to kiss Madoka Kaname, then she's going to do with with conviction.

    Homura holds Madoka tightly with one arm, drawing her close, while her other hand reaches up behind Madoka's head. Her purple eyes close, and she moves closer to Madoka. She nuzzles against her nose one more time, before tilting her head and brushing her lips against hers, lightly at first, and then with a growing passion.

    She gets a little carried away in the moment, pushing Madoka back and rolling slightly on top of her, not completley, but somewhat off centered. The snow moves to conform with their new position, and when Homura pulls away, it's to take in a ragged breath of air.

    Then she blushes at her own actions, because oh my god she just did that.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 15:54:28 25054
    Madoka is polite enough to blush when the compliment of looking cuter when blushing is returned to her, and it intensifies considerably when the addendum is made. The pet name on top of it causes her to giggle and shake her head. It's so adorable she can hardly stand it! But she'll manage to bear it. Somehow.

    "Then let's make sure this is the one time you succeed, Homura-chan. Let's make this the one that stays forever." She can't bear the thought of losing her memories of this now. It's sad enough that she's not even going to say that out loud for fear of putting even more sadness in her best friend's eyes.

    "Maybe she doesn't. But then maybe if her relationship with Sayaka-chan is secure she'll feel safe to warm up to other people enough to become friends?" Madoka replies about Kyouko. Perhaps it's wishful thinking, but that's never stopped her before.

    "It would be really scary for a stranger to. But now that I know you I'm glad you've said it. And everything else as well." A small pause, "Thank you for being honest with me, Homura-chan. And... thank you also for waiting until you thought the time was right. Tonight has been wonderful, and now it's becoming even more amazing!"

    The loud compliment gets a laugh from her, and she pretends to be more embarrassed about it than she really is. She also makes a point of squeezing and snuggling against Homura when she's called cuddly. The mutual happiness on each other's joy, as compared to the reciprocal regret, is exactly the kind of feedback loop she's willing to partake in, and upon being told Homura likes seeing her happy she flashes her a bright, cheerful smile.

    She likes being called that. Madoka affixes a different kind of smile on Homura. Something like her kind ones and her sweet ones, but this one with a quality all it's own. It's a tender affection that right now is for Homura and Homura alone. "You are my special someone. You're my girlfriend, but you're even more than that. You're my very best friend and my snuggle buddy. You're my Homura-chan!" She squeezes the dark haired girl very close to her.

    "You don't have to try hard to sweep me off my feet," she replies with a smile. A second later she adds, "You can sweep me off my feet any time you like." She giggles playfully, but looks into Homura's eyes in a way that very much suggests she means that literally as well.

    Something Homura says gets another amazingly brilliant smile from Madoka. She lays there on her side for several long moments just smiling happily to the purple eyed girl before replying, "I bet we could talk about how easy it is to talk with each other all night!" Somehow the smile brightens even more after she says it. "Maybe it is unique. I'm very grateful for it either way! It's wonderful having someone to talk to that understands me so well."

    "I'm just as lucky. I don't regret things having gone the way they did. We've met each other so many times, and if this is the only one that has turned out this way... then maybe this is exactly the way it had to happen."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 15:54:34 25055
    The big moment arrives. Or that's how it feels to Madoka. As hard as it was for her to admit she wanted Homura to kiss her, how much harder must it be for Homura to actually do it? Madoka has the advantage in being the passive one in this relationship, at least for now.

    She allows herself to be drawn closer, the arm still around Homura tightening and squeezing the other girl to herself once she is. The hand at the back of her head holds her in place, and also soothes her a little. She knows if she wanted to pull away Homura would instantly let her go, but that feeling of being held in place, of the person, the girl that wants her moving in to take the kiss she wants? It's exhilarating in a way she couldn't describe if asked to put it into words alone.

    She tilts her head up and down the tiniest bit as their noses brush, her eyes fluttering shut.

    It's a tiny moment that seems like an eternity. Rather than feeling numbed by the anticipatory moment she feels everything. Homura's body close to hers, and the arm around her back and the hand at her head. She can almost feel the individual snowflakes landing on the exposed skin on her face and legs. Her heart is beating strongly in her chest, not out of any fear or exertion but excitement, pumping the blood she can almost feel flowing through her veins. Beneath her palm and fingers Homrua's face feels infinitely soft and almost as warm, the sweet cheek of the one giving her this wonderful experience.

    The ground is covered in soft snow, the grass beneath frozen and crunchy. The air is chill enough to almost sting, especially with so much heat rising from her own flushed skin. Her breath's are a little shaky but Homura's are louder in her ears. Loudest of all but barely audible to her mind is the classical music playing from the sound system, now on it's second loop. It's so unimportant she'd be confused if reminded it existed.

    And then the moment comes and blotting almost everything else out is the sensation of lips against her own. She worked herself up enough in the preceding moment that that gentle first contact is almost overwhelming. But she doesn't let herself flinch or tense- she won't do that to Homura when she's giving Madoka their first kiss. It's softness and sweetness and pure unadulterated romance distilled into the simplest expression of love. It's overwhelming emotion allowed to build upon itself until it overflows it's banks and consumes everything before it.

    Homura must agree, because the passion behind it quickly intensifies. Suddenly the cold, snowy ground is under her back rather than just her side, and Madoka lets her arms flop down beside her head. Even so she's no limp noodle, not just a doll to be enjoyed. Her head lifts off the snow the tiniest bit, and her lips curl forward in the sweetest pucker to press kisses back onto Homura's lips as well.

    A moment later her arms lift back up one curling around behind Homura's back while the other strokes gently at the back of her girlfriend's head. When Homura pulls away and breathes raggedly Madoka's eyes open halfway.

    She expected to be blushing more from the actual kiss than the lead up to it, but she isn't. Instead she is sweetly regarding purple eyes with pink ones, feeling safe here out in the open on the snow, black hair falling down as a protective curtain to make the moment private. She only has one thing to say.

    "Wow..."
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 16:48:41 25056
    Homura giggles, though this time her giggle is a bit... impish? There is a sparkle in her eyes when she says, "Oh, believe me, Madoka-chan. I have no intention of failing. We'll defeat Walpurgisnacht, and then I will carry you away like a princess, and after that... well... who knows? We can decide when we get there."

    Homura nods in agreement. "It's happened that way before. Kyouko befriending Sayaka actually opens her up to the rest of us... It's not a sure thing, but it's better than nothing, right?" There's a fire in Homura's eyes and voice that notably wasn't there before. One could never guess that this was the same girl who had long ago given up on everything. Or at least nearly everything.

    No, this is a girl who knows she can win, and she hungers for that victory. Walpurgisnacht couldn't come and lose to her fast enough. Somewhere in her head is the nagging feeling that she's underestimating the problem, but... she's so close, and she's waited so long for this. "If we could not only defeat Walpurgisnacht, but also keep everyone alive... well... that would be more than I ever thought possible."

    Back to their own relationship, Homura's passion follows a much more romantic course. Madoka hears that Homura likes to be called 'her special someone' and so calls her several similarly sweet names. "I like being all of those things. Your girlfriend, your very best friend, your snuggle buddy, your Homura." Returning the squeeze, she says, "... and you're my special someone, my girlfriend, my very best friend and snuggle buddy. My very own Madoka-chan~."

    Homura giggles as Madoka talks about sweeping her off her feet. "I'll be glad to. Assuming you don't sweep me off of mine, first!"

    "You know, I don't know if it's unique for you, or if other people have a similar relationship, but it's unique to me. There's no one else that I can just talk endlessly to." She giggles again. "I bet we could talk about it all night! And there'd always be something new to say. I guess we're just on the same wavelength, in a lot of ways."

    The way it had to happen. Is this really how it is? Homura was so angry at Pluto when she first noticed that her powers were sealed, but the truth is... this timeline has been infinitely better than any other timeline. "Maybe it is. If so, then I'm glad. I finally found the answer I was looking for, and maybe I learned the lessons that I needed to."

    After the kiss, Homura is on top of Madoka, catching her breath. When Madoka says 'Wow...', Homura laughs. "That... I don't know what came over me..."

    She giggles again. "Oh wait, I think I know what came over me. I think it was... this." Homura leans in, pressing her lips firmly against Madoka, reaching up to grab one of Madoka's hands, interlacing their fingers. After a good few moments of liplock, Homura pulls away, giggling. "Okay... Maybe I should hold back, or I really will get carried away. Kissing, like cuddling and talking, might end up being one of the things I can do with you forever."

    Homura makes herself blush again when she hears what she just said. "Oh geeze. Haha. Sorry. Maybe I'm not being as gentle as I promised. Just... I didn't realize how much I wanted this. Being with you, I mean."

    The dark-haired girl lays her head down on Madoka's shoulder, closing her eyes and holding onto her hand. The classical music continues playing in the background, and Homura couldn't care less. If she were more aware of it, she'd be happy that Madoka chose something that didn't demand their attention in some way or another.

    "I love you so much, Madoka-chan. Thank you. For everything."

    Homura falls quiet for a few moments as she rests against Madoka. She's... actually trying to calm herself down a bit. Taking deep breaths, holding tighting onto Madoka's hand. Homura has experience in a lot of areas, but this isn't one of them.

    She still can't quite help herself, though. The fact that Madoka got so into their first kiss only makes her passion burn that much hotter.
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 17:46:08 25057
    Madoka smiles, "I believe you, Homura-chan. Just remember that this time failure isn't an option!" That isn't spoken fatalistically, but instead cheerfully. It's not an option because failure means a reset, if Homura could break past that sealing of her power, and erasure of their new relationship. "I can't wait to decide it with you! It won't be the end of our trouble, but it has to be the biggest hurdle in front of us that we can see."

    "That's right," Madoka agrees happily, "Sayaka-chan can help her see that selflessness can bring more good than it can harm. If she's friends with Sayaka-chan, she'll have to see that sooner or later."

    Madoka giggles happily at being called Homura's 'very own Madoka-chan', "That's true, isn't it? I'm all yours and no one else's. Hehehe." At least when it comes to romance, anyway! Then Homura gives her something to think about. She could sweep Homura off her feet? ...she actually wants to do that sometime, both literally and figuratively. But how to go about it? Hmm!

    A small shake of her head is given, "There's no one who's as easy to talk to for me as you are. At least, not for as long. It's easy to talk to Mama and Papa, but after a while there isn't anything else to talk about. It's not like that with you. I always feel like I can talk to you more, or explain myself better to you."

    Madoka pushes her fingers through Homura's hair when she catches her breath, deciding that she probably won't mind the cold fingers on her scalp anymore. Her hands are also somewhat warmer due to how toasty the high emotions have made her feel. She giggles at the other girl's words, and then blushes and quiets as she leans down, tilting her head just so to allow the incoming kiss. She returns this one as well, blushing more when it's as firm as it is. She makes a quiet but happy noise in the kiss, and when Homura finally does pull away again they curl into a smile.

    Her head shakes, the snow underneath her head shifting about, dusting her pigtails with white. "No, it's okay, Homura-chan. You're being sweet and gentle still. Though you're right that we shouldn't get any more carried away than we already have."

    Yes, 'we'. She's including herself in that because it'd be a huge lie if she tried to say she didn't get carried away in the kissing. She squeezes tightly onto Homrua's hand, brushing the side of it with her thumb while their fingers are interlaced, just one more little physical message that she's okay with this and happy. She leans her head against Homura's as her head goes to her shoulder. Realizing that it's probably okay now she turns her head and kisses Homura gently on the forehead, stroking her hair lightly afterwards. "You don't have to apologize for that, you know. It won't upset me if you end up wanting to kiss me a lot."

    She says it softly and sweetly, but a few moments later she breaks out into a gigglefit, squirming and wiggling on the ground. "I can hardly believe I just said that to Homura-chan!" she squeals playfully, mostly to herself.

    Homura telling her she loves her calms her down a fair amount. It also puts something on her mind, and she decides to just be honest. "Homura-chan? Should I... tell you that I love you back when you say that? Because I do, but it's not the same kind of love, just yet. I don't want to trick your emotions for me, even if they're already so intense."
Madoka Akemi 2016-01-26 17:46:13 25058
    She'll wait for the answer stay close for several moments longer. And then she moves her hand from Homura's hair and places it under her chin. Her head tilts slightly and she seems to curiously look at Homura for a few moments. Then she shifts slightly, and fingers under Homura's chin tilts it upwards so that Madoka can lean in and press a kiss of her own to her lips.

    Madoka has been kissed before, but she hasn't ever kissed anyone herself. She wants to try it.

    Her given kiss isn't filled with endless abundant passion. It is instead incredibly soft and gentle, tender and lingering with a sweet press just strong enough to slightly indent their lips against each other's. In it her heart flutters a little, and she utters a sound like a happy whimper, only to pull away so slowly that their lips seem to peel off of each other, an effect magnified by the cold of the air.
Homura Akemi 2016-01-26 18:26:31 25059
    That's right. Pluto isn't the only one holding Homura back from reversing time. Madoka doesn't want her to do it, either. It's... a big difference from what Madoka of a previous timeline wanted her to do, actually. Granted, a Madoka from a happy timeline would feel a lot different about undoing the past than a Madoka from a doomed timeline would. It only makes sense.

    With a smile, Homura nods. "It might not be the end of it. There's still the Dark Kingdom to deal with, and Walpurgisnacht is something that might happen again even if we defeat it. Then there's... several issues related to Puella Magi that have to be handled correctly. Sayaka and Kyouko pairing up will solve a lot of that, but Mami also needs a stabilizing influence... somehow."

    Homura shrugs, then smiles. "That's right. I'm yours~, and you're mine~, dear sweet Madoka-chan." She snuggles against the other girl. "I always love talking to you. If we had limitless time and energy we might very well end up talking forever!"

    Homura doesn't seem to mind the cold fingers against her scalp. They're Madoka's fingers after all, and they'll warm up a bit faster underneath Homura's hair. She smiles as Madoka says she's still being sweet and gentle. When she also says that she doesn't mind being kissed a lot, Homura giggles and says, "Well... if you really don't mind..."

    When Madoka asks about love, Homura shrugs. "I don't know I mean... Love is love, Madoka. It doesn't make a difference to me. All that matters to me is that you're happy being with me and I'm happy being with you. You can say it, and I'll assume you meant it the way you meant before until you say otherwise. Or you could choose not to, and save it for when your love is more romantic. Either way would be honest, I think. As long as we're both on the same page."

    "I wont be tricked. It might be a bit of a tease, but I don't mind being teased by you either."

    Homura sees the look in Madoka's eyes, and is a bit curious herself. Somewhere between Madoka putting her finger on Homura's chin and Madoka's lips drawing closer to Homura's, the black-haired Puella gets the idea and closes her eyes for another kiss. She's more than happy to follow Madoka's lead here.

    Homura emits a 'mm' sound at the soft, gentle kiss. When they peel away, Homura's breathing is a bit heavier. She looks at Madoka with a gleam in her eyes, smiling. "I can't take anymore. I'm going to kiss you for the rest of the night!"

    When she's moving in to brush her lips against Madoka's, she happens to look up and notice--- The sun is coming up?! Really? No, really?

    The kiss that she was going to give Madoka becomes a light, hurried peck, before Homura disentangles herself from Madoka and says, "It's sunrise. I guess we stayed up all night. Come on, let's pack up. We've got school in a few hours."

    With a giggle, Homura apologizes. "Sorry, Mado-chan. I guess we kept each other up all night."